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Item 105672

Two-piece dress and blouse, Cherryfield, ca. 1912

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1912 Location: Cherryfield Media: wool, rayon, cotton, glass

Item 105655

Taffeta bodice by Miss L.K. Stanley, Portland, ca. 1895

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1895 Location: Portland Media: silk, cotton, glass, metal

Item 54201

Painted black lace dress, Paris, 1931

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1931 Media: Ink, pencil on paper, fabric


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Fashionable Maine: early twentieth century clothing

Maine residents kept pace with the dramatic shift in women’s dress that occurred during the short number of years preceding and immediately following World War I. The long restrictive skirts, stiff collars, body molding corsets and formal behavior of earlier decades quickly faded away and the new straight, dropped waist easy-to-wear clothing gave mobility and freedom of movement in tune with the young independent women of the casual, post-war jazz age generation.


Back to School

Public education has been a part of Maine since Euro-American settlement began to stabilize in the early eighteenth century. But not until the end of the nineteenth century was public education really compulsory in Maine.


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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Historic Clothing Collection - Early Twentieth Century

… a sophisticated social life, and afford fine dressmaking to go with it. The family moved from Ontario, Canada, to Lewiston in 1885.

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Historic Clothing Collection - Fabric Adaptive Reuse

… with the custom of either themselves or their dressmakers altering and updating existing garments to keep up with constantly changing fashion.

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1910-1920 - Page 1 of 2

… fashionable dresses are examples of superior dressmaking. For workmanship and style, they rank among the highlights of the collection.