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Sarah Glenn

Author: Sarah Glenn (Textile Conservator)
The Peek-a-Boo evening dress, so called because of its revealing cut out feature and provocatively low neckline, was designed by Tom Ford for Gucci’s Autumn/Winter 2004/5 collection, Ford’s last collection for Gucci. The dress is made of white silk jersey and gathers the plunging neckline with the help of a round ornament with two dragon’s heads. The presentation of this piece...
Author: Sarah Glenn (Textile Conservator)
This shoe (T.143-1983) was made by Magli in cream patent leather with a polyurethane (ester) heel. The sole of the heel had become brittle and had broken into pieces.A tracing of the shape of the sole was taken to help fit the pieces together.Luckily most of the sole remained! A strong adhesive was then used to piece the fragments back together along the breaks. The white coating you can see in...
Author: Sarah Glenn (Textile Conservator)
This bikini with a classic Pucci pattern required an interventive treatment and mounting process before it could be displayed in the upcoming exhibition.The polyurethane foam padding in the bust had severely degraded and had become brittle and powdery. This had caused the bust to become stiff and deformed and the foam had begun to stain the fabric, causing yellowing in the pattern. This is a...
Author: Sarah Glenn (Textiles Conservator)
Part of a Conservator’s job is to identify the materials used to create objects. One way of ‘seeing the unseen’ is by using X-radiography, which can reveal some interesting things about an object. X-rays can help to identify the construction, manufacturing techniques and materials of an object, which in turn helps to inform us about what the best course of treatment might be for...
Author: Sarah Glenn (Textiles Conservator)
Conservation and costume mounting work on the soon-to-be-open display of Club to Catwalk: Fashion from the 1980s is coming to fruition. Objects and mannequins are making their way from the textile conservation studio to the temporary display space, in the centre of the Fashion and Textile Galleries (Gallery 40).Conservation work and costume mounting began more than a year ago and finishing...