Redressing underway - part 1


As we draw closer to the re-opening of our Pleasure Gardens gallery, on 17 March, we are busy finishing off our restoration work on many of the new items that will be displayed.

You may remember this dress from Melina Plottu's Instagram posts and her conservation treatments on the torn net at the shoulder and the loose pleats at the hem. Now that the conservation treatments are completed, we are beginning the ‘dressing’ of the mannequin. This video shows a fitting in which we found this mannequin’s waist measurement to be too big and so we have to find a different mannequin. Although it is possible to make a mannequin’s waist smaller by cutting into it and removing sections, we are considering using a different mannequin.

And lastly...please let me know if you prefer the pink or purple boots?

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