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Historic Clothing Collection - Outerwear 1870 to 1900

Outerwear 1870 to 1900 Day jacket, ca. 1880Maine Historical Society Dolman sleeved mantles suitable to wear with large skirts or bustles…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Early Twentieth Century

Early Twentieth Century Embellished velvet and silk gown, ca. 1895Maine Historical Society Lewiston's Mary King Scrimgeour's small, but…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Early Nineteenth Century

Early Nineteenth Century Leavitt family coat-dress, Eastport, ca. 1830Maine Historical Society Some fashion changes are distinct and occur…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1800-1830 - Page 1 of 2

1800-1830 Lucia Wadsworth's "assembly dress," Portland, ca. 1799Maine Historical Society Slender cotton gown, Buckfield, ca.

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1800-1830 - Page 2 of 2

1800-1830 Gown with leaf motif, ca. 1825Maine Historical Society As of 2020, the MHS collection includes no examples of 1820s colored cotton…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Outerwear 1900-1930

Outerwear 1900-1930 Astrakhan collared cape, ca. 1903Maine Historical Society The domestic industry’s now prolific silk fabric production made…

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Historic Clothing Collection - The Maine Historical Society Historic Dress Collection - Page 2 of 2

The Maine Historical Society Historic Dress Collection Major Judkin's Cape, ca. 1835Maine Historical Society Rarity makes examples of old…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Outerwear 1800-1830

Outerwear 1800-1830 Examples of this period's outer garments include: a full length 1800-1810 unlined slim silk twill coat with a flat fold over…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Mourning Clothing

Mourning Clothing View the Mourning Clothing Slide Show With the growth of the middle class, the custom of wearing black during periods of…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Fabric Adaptive Reuse

Fabric Adaptive Reuse View the Fabric Adaptive Reuse Slide Show In the past, when silk textiles were so expensive and new dresses required…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Themed Image Galleries

Themed Image Galleries Queen City Flying Club Jacket, ca. 1930 Organizational Uniforms Image GalleryMaine Historical Society The greater part…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1960-1970 - Page 3 of 3

1960-1970 Patterned coat and dress ensamble, ca. 1965Maine Historical Society Conservative, classic matronly dress and coat outfits of the…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1960-1970 - Page 2 of 3

1960-1970 Patchwork mini skirt, ca. 1970Maine Historical Society Although Crimplene and other firm knit fabrics were was extensively used for…

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

1870-1890 Haskell Silk Mill, Westbrook, ca. 1874Walker Memorial Library After the Civil War, sewing machines reached the professional…

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

1870-1890 Watered silk ensemble, ca. 1888Maine Historical Society Women wore bustle supports of various shapes and sizes.

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

1870-1890 Cuirasse silhoutte, ca. 1880Maine Historical Society Between the mid-1870s and early 1880s, the bulky overskirt 'polonaise' styling…

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

1870-1890 Between 1860 and 1890, the transitions of skirt style provides a recognizable example of evolving fashions.

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Historic Clothing Collection - Northern Threads: Two centuries of dress at Maine Historical Society - Page 3 of 3

Northern Threads: Two centuries of dress at Maine Historical Society Northern Threads Part I: ca. 1780-1889 Northern Threads is a two-part…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Northern Threads: Two centuries of dress at Maine Historical Society - Page 2 of 3

Northern Threads: Two centuries of dress at Maine Historical Society Why collect historic clothing? Clothing or dress study is a new discipline.

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1940-1950 - Page 1 of 3

1940-1950 Square shouldered dress with pockets, ca. 1943Maine Historical Society Fashion more or less stalled during the war years.

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1940-1950 - Page 2 of 3

1940-1950 Trumpet sleeve dress, ca. 1946Maine Historical Society Once the war was over, pocket and pleats appeared again as fabric…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1950-1960 - Page 1 of 4

1950-1960 Blue and white check dress, ca. 1955Maine Historical Society Introduced in 1947, Dior's "New Look" featured neatly rounded…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1950-1960 - Page 4 of 4

1950-1960 Dior inspired prom dress, ca. 1960Maine Historical Society As earlier noted, American designers and the now highly successful…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1950-1960 - Page 3 of 4

1950-1960 "New Look" dress with belt, ca. 1955Maine Historical Society Additionally, there are two particularly striking and unmistakably…