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Thursday, May 30 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
(Textiles) An Old Case of New Display: Contemporary and Historical Fashion at the Victoria & Albert Museum

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Over the past 10 years, over 70% of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s public space has been transformed as part of an ambitious plan to turn the Museum into a 21st-century cultural destination. As part of this process the fashion display, housed in Gallery 40, was renovated from January 2011 to May 2012. This one million pound refurbishment included new ambient lighting, new paint, new flooring and new display spaces, but no new cases. Alongside the renovation of the permanent display, housed within the same gallery, the V&A launched a temporary exhibition entitled Ballgowns: 50 Years of British Glamour, which showcases a collection of gowns made by Britain’s most celebrated couturiers.

For these two projects, over 160 outfits were conserved and mounted for display. This paper will explore a number of challenges faced by the conservation and design teams to make a successful display in a less-than-ideal space. We will discuss the impact of having costume on semi-permanent open display including problems with touching, dust and light and how the design of the display can be manipulated to minimise potential damage. We will also look at the role of monitoring the environment and how this will affect the design of future displays planned for this space, including exhibitions of 1980’s fashion and wedding dresses.


Joanne Hackett

Senior Textile Conservator, Victoria & Albert Museum
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Keira Miller

Dress and Textile Display Specialist, The Victoria and Albert Museum

Thursday May 30, 2013 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
JW Marriott White River Ballroom C-D 10 S West St Indianapolis, IN 46204

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