Northeast Costume Mounting provides costume mounting services for historic and contemporary dress. We have the ability and know how to work with your existing mannequins or build new mannequins from scratch.
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.
Interior support (hip panniers and petticoat) constructed for a costume worn by Winona Ryder in Bram Stoker's Dracula
Understructure and Supports
Close up of skirt supports. Hand stitching supports to the mount ensures they do not shift and move during exhibition.