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Historical Items

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Item 105395

Young woman's muslin dress, ca. 1830

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1830 Media: Cotton, metal

Item 105390

Gigot (leg-of-mutton) sleeve dress, Eastport, ca. 1837

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1837 Location: Eastport Media: cotton, metal

Item 105397

Figured silk evening dress, ca. 1845

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1845 Media: Silk, cotton

Online Exhibits

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Northern Threads: Two centuries of dress at Maine Historical

Organized by themed vignettes, Northern Threads shares stories about Maine people, while exploring how the clothing they wore reveals social, economic, and environmental histories. This re-examination of Maine Historical Society's permanent collection is an opportunity to consider the relevance of historic clothing in museums, the ebb and flow of fashion styles, and the complexities of diverse representation spanning 200 years of collecting.

Exhibit

Northern Threads: The rise and fall of the gigot sleeve

A themed exhibit vignette within "Northern Threads Part I," featuring the balloon-like gigot sleeve of the 1830s.

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Northern Threads: Adaptive reuse

A themed vignette within "Northern Threads Part I," featuring up-cycled and reused historic fabrics.

Site Pages

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Historic Clothing Collection - White cotton dress with gigot sleeves, Portland, ca. 1828 - Page 1 of 2

Into the 1830s, the style's sleeves gradually increased in size. The dress was hand sewn, with its scalloped edges attached as a separate piece.

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1830-1850 - Page 1 of 3

The same three gowns also illustrate 1830s bodice pleat and gather detailing, and the fuller skirts, that in combination with the return of the…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1830-1850 - Page 2 of 3

… and faded, thin cotton print dresses span the 1830s-1840s. One is a white flower sprig design with gathered horizontal strips across the wide neck…