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Jessie Christine Carter married Dr. Langdon T. Snipe at Bath on July 8, 1896. Her wedding dress is emblematic of 1890s fashion trends, the A-line skirt and the leg-of-mutton sleeve. The leg-of-mutton sleeve, popular in the 1830s and 40s made a return, just as the bustle skirt fell out of fashion. The A-line skirt and puffed sleeve are a classic hallmarks of 1890s fashion, and the sleeve style at its fullest in the middle of the decade.
The return of the leg-of-mutton sleeve, also known as a gigot sleeve, was short lived. While straighter skirt trends continued, the size of puffed sleeves decreased as the turn of the 20th century approached.
Jessie Carter Snipe (1871-1952) was daughter of master mariner Christopher Carter and his wife Margaret Edgecomb of Bath, although she was born on the "high seas."
About This Item
- Title: Jessie Carter's wedding dress, Bath, ca. 1896
- Creation Date: circa 1896
- Subject Date: circa 1896
- Town: Bath
- County: Sagadahoc
- State: ME
- Media: silk, cotton
- Local Code: 2019.144.002
- Collection: Costume collection
- Object Type: Physical Object
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Standardized Subject Headings
- Clothing & dress
- Wedding attire
- Wedding clothing & dress
- Women's clothing--19th century
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