Conservation

Conservation Services

Conservation Services

Here, a silk afternoon dress in poor condition needed extensive treatment to stabilize the shoulders and neckline to facilitate exhibition on a mannequin.

 

tags: costume conservation, silk stabilization

Conservation of a 1933 silk chiffon afternoon dress and jacket

Conservation of a 1933 silk chiffon afternoon dress and jacket

Close up shot of the neckline of the dress showing losses and tears to the neckline.

 

tags: costume conservation, silk stabilization

Conservation of a 1933 silk chiffon afternoon dress and jacket

Conservation of a 1933 silk chiffon afternoon dress and jacket

Interior of the neckline during treatment. The neckline was humidified, then stabilized using polyester Stabiltex fabric. 

Conservation of a 1933 silk chiffon afternoon dress and jacket

Conservation of a 1933 silk chiffon afternoon dress and jacket

Shot of the neckline of the dress after treatment. The fragile neckline was stabilized with an interior yoke of polyester Stabiltex fabric.

Conservation of a 1933 silk chiffon afternoon dress and jacket

Conservation of a 1933 silk chiffon afternoon dress and jacket

Back neckline of the jacket showing tears and losses, prior to treatment.

Conservation of a 1933 silk chiffon afternoon dress and jacket

Conservation of a 1933 silk chiffon afternoon dress and jacket

Back neckline of the jacket, during treatment. The jacket was humidified and carefully re-aligned prior to stabilization on a Stabiltex foundation.

Conservation of a 1933 silk chiffon afternoon dress and jacket

Conservation of a 1933 silk chiffon afternoon dress and jacket

Back neckline of jacket, after treatment.

Conservation of a 1933 silk chiffon afternoon dress and jacket

Conservation of a 1933 silk chiffon afternoon dress and jacket

Photo of the ensemble after treatment. The shoulder and neckline stabilization allowed the ensemble to displayed on a mannequin.

1890 Cotton Bodice

1890 Cotton Bodice

This asymmetrical cotton eyelet lace bodice exhibited marked all-over discoloration.

1890 Cotton Bodice

1890 Cotton Bodice

The bodice was washed in an orvus solution and carefully dried, removing degredation products and lightening the overall appearance.

Workt by Hand

Workt by Hand

We performed conservation on nearly a dozen quilts in the Brooklyn Museum's 2013 exhibit Workt by Hand.