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Too Petite for Petite: Mounting a 19th Century Corset for Undressed

Marking out the position of the breasts using coloured pins

Costume mounting is the topsy-turvy task of making a mannequin fit a particular object, a job that can often make you feel more like plastic surgeon than a museum employee, as the following post explains… First up on the Undressed costume mounting schedule is this charming cotton corset dating from 1825-35. Don’t be deceived by its […]

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Introducing the Textile Conservation and Mounting team

A silk dressing gown from 1875 (T.193-1984) being assessed © V&A Collection

Hello from the Textile Conservation and Mounting team. If you followed the “Wedding Dress” and “Fabric of India” blogs then you will have met some of us before and you will know all about the Textile Conservation Section here at the V&A. For The “Undressed” Exhibition we have one Textile Conservator, Albertina Cogram, who is […]

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Guest Post: Raising the Roof! Mounting Tipu’s Tent

Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Today’s post focuses on the single biggest challenge of the exhibition – both literally and logistically. Those of you who have already visited the show will have no doubt been bowled-over by the majesty of Tipu’s garden-like tent. But getting its massive canopy up was no small job. To give us a behind-the-scenes look into what it took to raise […]

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Our Favourite Things: Final Edition


  Tomorrow we finally officially open our doors. The process of developing and installing The Fabric of India has been challenging: a true feat of research, conservation, and logistical engineering. But it has also been inspiring. Beyond the magic of the objects themselves, the dedication of all the staff involved in putting up this show has […]

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And still more! Our Favourite Fabric of India Objects, Part Three

team meeting

If you’ve been following the blog this week, you’ll know this is the third in our series sharing our ‘Favourite Things in The Fabric of India.’  If not, check out yesterday’s and Tuesday’s blog to meet more team members and their selections. Today we meet: Rosie Wanek, Senior Exhibitions Manager Favourite object: Indigo-dyed muslin “It is so difficult to […]

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A few more of our favourite things


Back again for part two of ‘Our Favourite Things’ from the exhibition’s (now complete) installation. Today we feature: Deepshikha Kalsi, Textile Conservator Favourite object: Embroidered hunting coat “It’s sheer magic in thread! It has such a painterly quality, like it’s been painted in detail by a master miniature artist and then embroidered with single thread […]

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These are a few of our favourite things…


  After years of planning, months of preparing, and weeks of installing, the last Fabric of India case has officially been closed . Two-hundred-odd objects were successfully installed over 14 straight days, by a team of dozens of people. Exhibition coordinators, contractors, technicians, textile conservators, designers, and curators all worked tirelessly to ensure everything came together […]

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Fabric of frenzy

Installing the section on Dye

This picture says it all: the remains of a breakfast of coffee, half a croissant and some jelly babies, and a lunch of chips and lemonade.  Installations are always somewhat frantic and this one is no different.  That said, in spite of the long days and limited access to proper meals, it is really exciting […]

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Slippery Sari Sagas and Delightful Draping


Here in Textile Conservation we are just over half way through mounting the garments for display in The Fabric of India. A few weeks ago, our studio was all a-flurry with the unwrapping of mannequins and the speedy draping of a collection of stunning and vibrant contemporary saris for publication photography. That was by no […]

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18th Century Meets Contemporary: Gold Box Study Day in Cambridge

Particles caught in tint on underside of one of the boxes shown in the Close-Up and Personal exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge(LOAN:GILBERT.346-2008)

Friday, 26 June 2015, Fitzwilliam Museum The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection exhibition Close-Up and Personal: Eighteenth-century Gold Boxes from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection continues at the Fitzwilliam Museum. On Friday, 26 June 2015, we will be hosting a study day at the Fitzwilliam to celebrate these masterpieces. Two of the most eminent British artists […]

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