Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

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Keira Miller

Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
Part of the process of choosing mannequins for an exhibition is deciding what sort of heads to use, and this is never a straightforward task.For Wedding Dresses 1775-2014, a team of V&A staff, including the Costume Mounting Specialist, the Curator, and the Designer have been out an about looking at the heads they might want to use for the display.Just like the mannequins, the heads need to...
Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
Hooray, the first Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 mannequins have arrived in the building and we are gradually starting to unpack them.Here you can see members of the Conservation Team unloading bubble wrap-clad mannequins from the delivery van and transporting them to Textile Conservation for unwrapping and labelling.The mannequins and the mounts used for conservation mounting of museum objects must...
Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
It finally feels like the preparation for Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 is properly underway, and the first object we have been working on is a Spitalfields silk gown worn in 1775 by Sarah Boddicot, when she married Samuel Tyssen at St Johns Church in Hackney on 28th September. Before showing the initial stages of mounting this particular dress, it seems pertinent to first explain a little bit about...
Author: Keira Miller (Costume Mounting Specialist in the Textile Conservation Department)
Once an exhibition has been given the go ahead, object assessments are one of the first stages for the Conservation Department. The images here show assessments for Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 being undertaken in the V&A stores. For the show, opening in May, 37 new outfits are being added to those which have already been out on tour, as well as numerous accessories and items of ephemera.Working...

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