Introducing the Textile Conservation and Mounting team


Furniture, Textiles and Fashion
November 24, 2015
A silk dressing gown from 1875 (T.193-1984) being assessed © V&A Collection
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.

Two pairs of 18th century garters (Circ.217-1920 and T.106&A-1969) © V&A Collection
Two pairs of 18th century garters (Circ.217-1920 and T.106&A-1969) © V&A Collection

For The “Undressed” Exhibition we have one Textile Conservator, Albertina Cogram, who is based at Blythe House in the Clothworkers Textile Conservation Studio. Three Textile Conservation Display Specialists, Lilia Prier Tisdall, Lara Flecker and Rachael Lee, based in the main Textile Conservation Studio at the V&A are allocated to the exhibition, but we may well bring other colleagues on board as we gather momentum towards the finish line.

The team - Tina, Lara, Lilia and Rachael - at work in the studio © V&A Collection
The team – Tina, Lara, Lilia and Rachael – at work in the studio © V&A Collection

We have now assessed all of the objects that are going into the exhibition and the task of conserving and mounting them has begun in earnest. We are using a range of mounting techniques for this exhibition – fibreglass posed mannequins, Stockman dress stands, invisible buckram mounts and Perspex shaped forms.

The assessments continue with a pair of 19th garters (T.1813-1913) and a pair of 18th century stockings (T.156-1971) © V&A Collection
The assessments continue with a pair of 19th garters (T.1813-1913) and a pair of 18th century stockings (T.156-1971) © V&A Collection

We look forward to sharing our progress with you!

About the author

Furniture, Textiles and Fashion
November 24, 2015

I specialised in Fashion History on my Masters Degree and am fascinated by all things sartorial and the stories these pieces can tell. Before working on 'Undressed: A Brief History...

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I’m trying to find how to give a photoand its sent back as a quiltpattern, please tellmeIits right here.

How does one become a textile conservator? I am a costume designer and industrial sewist but am fascinated by extant garments from the past.

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