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Item 105488

White cotton dress with gigot sleeves, Portland, ca. 1825

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1825 Location: Portland Media: Cotton

Item 105482

Dress with Juliet sleeves, Eastport, ca. 1822

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1822 Location: Eastport Media: cotton, silk

Item 105483

Silk crepe dress with double puff sleeves, Eastport, ca. 1825

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1825 Location: Eastport Media: silk, cotton, linen


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The Mainspring of Fashion

The mainspring of fashion is the process whereby members of one class imitate the styles of another, who in turn are driven to ever new expedients of fashionable change.


Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In

Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.


A City Awakes: Arts and Artisans of Early 19th Century Portland

Portland's growth from 1786 to 1860 spawned a unique social and cultural environment and fostered artistic opportunity and creative expression in a broad range of the arts, which flowered with the increasing wealth and opportunity in the city.

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John Martin: Expert Observer - "Representing every particular:" John Martin's Reflections, Illustrations, and Commentary - Page 1 of 2

… Hampden, Ellsworth, and nearby areas from the 1820s until the 1890s. He called the Journal his "history" and while he provided some later updates…