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Historic Clothing Collection - 1890-1900 - Page 3 of 3

1890-1900 Green wool dress with red satin and black braid details, ca. 1900Maine Historical Society By about 1898, the sleeve had deflated…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1890-1900 - Page 1 of 3

1890-1900 Adela Adams' silk faille ensamble, Portland, ca.1900Maine Historical Society The 1890s are defined by plain skirts, the rapid rise…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1970-1980 - Page 2 of 3

1970-1980 Diagonal plaid belted dress, ca. 1970Maine Historical Society A late or left over from the 1960s example is a synthetic double knit…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1970-1980 - Page 3 of 3

1970-1980 Bold print caftan, ca. 1975Maine Historical Society The present 1970s group is rounded out with three garments showing the…

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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 - 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 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 - 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 - 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…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1830-1850 - Page 2 of 3

1830-1850 Muslin dress, ca. 1830Maine Historical Society Victorian-era cotton dress, ca.

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1830-1850 - Page 3 of 3

1830-1850 Figured silk dress, ca. 1845Maine Historical Society Silk dresses in subdued colors of plain and woven patterns predominate the…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1830-1850 - Page 1 of 3

1830-1850 Leavitt family coat-dress, Eastport, ca. 1830Maine Historical Society From Eastport, and connected to the Leavitt family, a wadded…

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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 - 1950-1960 - Page 2 of 4

1950-1960 Ida M. Lane speckeled blue dress, ca. 1955Maine Historical Society Denim jeans and more casual dress, the uniform of the emergent…

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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…

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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 - Outerwear 1830-1860

Outerwear 1830-1860 Wide crinolines restricted outerwear to wraps, shawls, capes, and easy fitting garments such as a black and brown watered silk…

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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 - 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 - 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 - Fashions Far & Away

Fashions Far & Away View the Fashions Far & Away Slide Show Imported garments and fabrics are an integral part of American fashion, and of the…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Site Overview

Site Overview Madam de St. Felix ball dress, ca. 1820Maine Historical Society This collection portal consists of introduction narratives…