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Historic Clothing Collection

1970-1980

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A late or left over from the 1960s example is a synthetic double knit long sleeve purple, tan and white bold diagonal plaid with a belt and labelled "FELIX Portland." Several examples of mid 20th century fashions in the collection were originally sold at Felix Dress Shop, specializing in "women's wearing apparel," which operated in Portland at 16 Forest Ave for just over forty years. It closed its doors in 1976 with the retirement of its proprietress, Delia Frances Felix.

Of thin polyester knits, there is a red high waisted full length long dress with a matching two pocket blazer style jacket; and a dusty rose long dress with three button shoulder details, draped back cowl neckline and long sleeves labelled: 'House of Stiles, Yarmouth.'

Faux fur jacket, ca. 1975
Faux fur jacket, ca. 1975Maine Historical Society

Synthetic fibers were used to make pile or faux fur fabrics, an example of which is a short roll collar faux fur bolero jacket. The item is of a natural off-white short pile fur fabric, lined with heavy cream polyester satin, and without a label.