Shot silk dress made from 1840s silk, ca. 1920

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


This figured green and pink iridescent silk—also called shot silk—was made from older fabric, perhaps taken from a 1840s-era skirt. A ca. 1848 bodice, also in the collections at Maine Historical Society, is made from identical silk. Someone in the early 20th century reused the older fabric, creating a 1918-1922 style dress. While this type of silk was ideally suited for an 1840s dome shaped skirt, the fabric is too stiff and crisp for 1920s styles. This awkward remake highlights the interrelationship between fabric and fashion.

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  • Title: Shot silk dress made from 1840s silk, ca. 1920
  • Creation Date: circa 1920
  • Subject Date: circa 1920
  • Location: ME
  • Media: silk, cotton
  • Local Code: 1993.300.05.2 a,b
  • 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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