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Historical Items

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Item 105512

Hannah P. Adams' embroidered dress, Belfast, ca. 1880

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1880 Location: Belfast Media: wool, silk, cotton

Item 105511

Adekaide Elder's basque dress with layered overdress, Portland, ca. 1872

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1872 Location: Portland Media: silk, cotton, wool

Item 105508

Blue and white check cape, Manchester, New Hampshire, ca. 1870

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1870 Location: Manchester; Belfast Media: wool, silk, fur

Exhibits

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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.

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Holding up the Sky: Wabanaki people, culture, history, and art

Learn about Native diplomacy and obligation by exploring 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in Maine through 17th century treaties, historic items, and contemporary artworks—from ash baskets to high fashion. Wabanaki voices contextualize present-day relevance and repercussions of 400 years of shared histories between Wabanakis and settlers to their region.

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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.

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1870-1890 - Page 2 of 4

… fronted skirt flaring out at the back. An early 1870s short gray-green basque dress also features a flat front skirt, with an overdress creating a…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1870-1890 - Page 1 of 4

In the 1860s and 1870s small thread mills, such as the Haskell Silk Company of Westbrook proliferated, producing the special twist thread in high…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1870-1890 - Page 3 of 4

1880Maine Historical Society Between the mid-1870s and early 1880s, the bulky overskirt 'polonaise' styling gave way to the unusually slim…