The activity is really building as each mannequin slowly comes together. One key feature of most ensembles in the Pleasure Gardens display will be silk ribbons.
Unfortunately, the original ribbon belts, bracelets and trimmings were not donated with the dresses or suits that we plan to exhibit. The museum, of course, has silk ribbons as artefacts...but we would never tie them into bows, sew into them or cut them, as is necessary for dressing these mannequins. Instead, thanks to your Art Happens donations, we will finish the ensembles with ribbons purchased at Brick Lane in London.
Our Pleasure Gardens gallery will reopen on the 17 March. If you stop by we'd love to hear your thoughts.