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Historical Items

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Item 105516

Taffeta and velvet bustle dress ensemble, ca. 1880

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

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 105599

Day jacket, ca. 1880

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1880 Media: wool, silk, metal

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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Valentines

Valentines Day cards have long been a way to express feelings of romance or love for family or friends. These early Valentines Day cards suggest the ways in which the expression of those sentiments has changed over time.

Site Pages

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

In the late 1880s, the bustle simplified in shape and disappeared by 1890. As fashions moved towards the next century, skirts lost the over layers…

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

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

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

… which became well established in the 1880s. Many twist mills now switched to weaving broad silks, as did the Haskell Silk Company in 1883…