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Item 105510

Gauze evening dress with silk sash, ca. 1865

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1865 Media: cotton, silk

Item 105475

Geoffrey Beene evening dress, Scarborough, ca. 1975

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1975 Location: Scarborough. Media: wool, acetate, nylon, plastic, metal

Item 105697

Kimono inspired evening coat, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1920 Media: silk


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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.


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.


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 - Men's Wear

Men's Wear View the Men's Wear Slide Show This slide show features examples from the small men’s wear collection at Maine Historical Society…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Children's Wear

Children's Wear View the Children's Clothing Slide Show For the second half of the 19th century children’s fashions mirrored adult styles.

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Historic Clothing Collection - Active & Casual Wear

Active & Casual Wear View the Active & Casual Wear Slide Show The growing and changing range of outdoor and indoor activities pursued by the…

My Maine Stories

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Thoughts of Freedom
by Raymond Bellevance

Painting my thoughts and loves while incarcerated at Maine State Prison


Two-minute Tale of the Pandemic
by Nancy Creighton Collins

What everyday life was like during the beginning of the pandemic.


Story of the "little nun"
by Felicia Garant

My grandmother made a nun's outfit for me