French-inspired silk coat, ca. 1800

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At the end of the eighteenth century fashion was international. Members of Maine society kept abreast of trends. Typical dress in Maine featured styles that originated in England. This white or cream twilled silk coat, also known as a pelisse, is an interesting example of that internationalism.

However, this piece does not bear the typical hallmarks of English dress at the time. It lacks a belt, and tied around the waist underneath the coat, which created a distinctive silhouette, with the front hanging straight down--a turn of the 19th century French trend.

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About This Item

  • Title: French-inspired silk coat, ca. 1800
  • Creation Date: circa 1800
  • Subject Date: circa 1800
  • Locations:
    • ME
    • France
  • Media: silk, cotton
  • Dimensions: 137.16 cm x 95.25 cm
  • Local Code: A85-874
  • Collection: Costume collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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