Fashionistas of Maine From the 1780’s to the 1980’s is on Display
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Seeing how fashion has changed over the decades is a fashion-lover's dream. Is it wrong that I'm most excited to see the 1920s up to the 80s?
And if you're feeing old because you can't believe they're including the 1980s in this exhibit, there's no need to, because the Maine Historical Society is celebrating its 200th Anniversary.
Our obsession with period dramas and looking at the fashion in shows and movies is nothing new, but we now have more current choices to ooooo and ahhhhh. Beyond the original fashion-lover movies like My Fair Lady, Pride and Prejudice, and Gone With the Wind, there are more contemporary examples like Downton Abbey, Guilded Age, and Bridgerton.
And building from there with flappers to the 50s and beyond, this exhibit should be a lot of fun.
And let's be honest, the 1980s are the perfect way to close out this fashion adventure, since those years really are, in my opinion, the last decade and even generation that holds mass appeal.
This event is called Northern Threads: Two Centuries of Dress, and it's been divided into two parts: clothing from the 1780s-1880s and 1890s-1980s in Maine. Part 1 is on display through July 30th and Part 2 is from August 12 through the end of the year.
Besides the styles of the decades on display, historians and authors are holding events if you want to learn even more on Mainer's styles as they progressed. These presenters will also dispelling rumors, according to the historical society, that Maine had tough access to clothing and that women didn't care how they looked.
The Maine Historical Society is at 489 Congress Street in Portland. For tix and info, click here.
Oh, and by the way, the Maine in Pictures over the last 200 years is closing out May 21.