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Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
Without a doubt, every garment that appears in the Conservation Studio is unique in some form or another, and as a result, every mannequin has to be custom built to a certain degree, be it through padding, as shown in an earlier blog, or through close collaboration with our mannequin makers.There are going to be a number of bespoke figures made for Wedding Dresses 1775 - 2014, which I will...
Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
One of the real success stories from the Wedding Dresses exhibition has been the development of a series of conservation and travel friendly wigs. While the sheer volume of the dresses provided our greatest challenge, a secondary problem was that of how to mount and travel the accompanying veils, hats and head pieces which were integral to the bridal ensembles.We felt it was vital that we should...
Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
Assistant Conservator Rachael Lee has just finished washing one of the dresses mentioned in the first Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 blog post and it’s looking really good! Here she outlines the process of wet cleaning, which many of the garments in the exhibition will undergo before May.First worn 165 years ago, this wedding dress, which was worn by Henrietta Woodcock on the occasion of her...