Costume Mounting

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Costume Mounting

Costume Mounting

Here, we carefully shaped an ethafoam mannequin to create the correct shoulder and bust-line for this 1854 summer day dress. Building the body beneath the clothes is  important not only for communicating the shape of period, but for properly supporting the garment through the length of the exhibition.

 

 Proper underpinnings are key not only to fully communicate what a garment looked like, but to protect and support a garment during the length of an exhibition. This heavy brocade film costume posed many challenges; at over 30 lbs, it risked collapsing on itself due its sheer weight.  We created a custom pannier understructure composed of crinoline hooping to support the heavy skirt during the length of the exhibition.

Proper underpinnings are key not only to fully communicate what a garment looked like, but to protect and support a garment during the length of an exhibition. This heavy brocade film costume posed many challenges; at over 30 lbs, it risked collapsing on itself due its sheer weight.

We created a custom pannier understructure composed of crinoline hooping to support the heavy skirt during the length of the exhibition.

 Interior support (hip panniers and petticoat) constructed for a costume worn by Winona Ryder in  Bram Stoker's Dracula       

Interior support (hip panniers and petticoat) constructed for a costume worn by Winona Ryder in Bram Stoker's Dracula

 

 

Understructure and Supports

Understructure and Supports

Close up of skirt supports. Hand stitching supports to the mount ensures they do not shift and move during exhibition.