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Historical Items

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Item 28714

Women in bathing costume, 1915

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1915 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Item 103921

Business and professional women in costume, Portland, 1925

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1925 Location: Portland Media: Glass Negative

Item 10130

Women in costume, Lovell, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Lovell Historical Society Date: circa 1920 Location: Lovell Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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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.

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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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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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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Redmen's Hall

There were still costumes in the back room. The building was torn down in the 1960s, and its lumber was used for other houses.