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Highlights in this issue

Costume cleaning conundrums

Frances Hartog, Senior Textile Conservator

In preparation for  The Golden Age of Couture , an extremely rare costume by Christian Dior was brought into the Textile Conservation Studio for treatment

Observations on the causes of flaking in East Asian lacquer structures

Nanke Schellmann, PhD Student, Dresden University of Fine Arts and V&A Mazarin Chest Project*

East Asian lacquer is known to be a strong (flexible though rigid) material featuring firm cohesion and good adhesion between individually applied layers

Conservation of a ninth-century bowl from Iraq

Hanneke Ramakers, Ceramics and Glass Conservator

Due in part to the technological milestones illustrated by the treatment of this bowl, it  will feature in the touring exhibition Masterpieces in Ceramics from the V& A, which will travel worldwide during 2008-9.

A forthcoming technical publication of Renaissance frames at the V&A

Christine Powell, Senior Gilded Furniture and Frames Conservator Zoë Allen , Gilded Furniture and Frames Conservator

Digital image reconstruction may be used for some frames to demonstrate how the original decoration appeared.