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A Past Exhibit

"Having in Paris a Great Success": French Fashion, 1928-1936

September 2 – December 31, 2011

'La Pompadour' dress illustration, Paris, 1936

'La Pompadour' dress illustration, Paris, 1936

Paris fashion houses whose customers were well-to-do women–including some in Maine–sent them sheets with hand-drawn illustrations of the latest styles, to which they attached fabric samples. The styles probably were selected to appeal to a particular woman's tastes. A number of these fashion illustrations dating from 1928-1936 are on display in this exhibit. A Mrs. Huntington, probably of Prouts Neck, received the illustrations from Lucile and Christiane of Paris and shared some of them with a friend, artist Mildred Burrage of Kennebunkport, who had lived in Paris as a young woman.

"Having in Paris a Great Success": French Fashion, 1928-1936 was on display in the Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall.