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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), who largely went by her middle name "Christine" 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
- Location: Bath, Sagadahoc County, 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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