A Practical Guide to Costume Mounting by Lara Flecker

By Lara Flecker

The powerful coaching of clothes for reveal is key for exhibitions of up to date and old costume. Costumes not just have to be visually beautiful but in addition absolutely supported and traditionally actual. This ebook presents a finished consultant to mounting costumes from the eighteenth century to the current day. It contains tools for adapting and shaping figures to create old silhouettes, developing underpinnings and making replicas and toiles utilizing low-cost and straightforward suggestions. a realistic advisor to dress Mounting is a useful source for conservators, historians and all these operating with garments in museums, deepest collections and through the type and theatre industries.Trained as a historic dress maker, writer Lara Flecker is the cloth exhibit expert at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. She has labored broadly with the museum's world-class dress assortment, getting ready clothing for reveal. Her uncomplicated mounting tools are sincerely defined and will be utilized by individuals with a variety of event, together with people with few stitching talents. * the one e-book detailing easy methods to mount costumes * deals complete and sensible recommendation utilizing transparent color pictures * the writer has enormous event in mounting costumes of all classes of heritage from an exceptional nationwide museum assortment.

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Dress stands can therefore be repeatedly recycled making them a very cost effective choice. A d a p t i n g To r s o s b e f o r e P a d d i n g Why a torso might require adaptation before padding When using a figure that requires altering to fit a costume, it may be necessary to carry out some basic structural work before embarking on the more sculptural padding. This can take the form of cutting a figure down to make it smaller or adding solid parts to make it bigger. As every costume and mannequin is different, it is impossible to give examples for more than the most common alterations.

To improve the safety of any surface finish, a period of time should be allowed for the figure to off-gas. In order to carry out this process, position the figure in a well-ventilated space, at room temperature, for a minimum of three to four weeks. As can be seen, selecting a figure on the merits of the materials that it is made from is not straightforward, nor is it the only factor that needs to be considered. Selections should be made by weighing up all the relative pros and cons of the proposed figure in relation to the individual circumstances of the display and costumes.

As the cut of historical skirt patterns often reflect the cutting conventions of each period, reference books should always be consulted before starting work. T A K I N G PA T T E R N S A N D M A K I N G T O I L E S Measuring and drafting a flat pattern for a skirt 1. Select one panel of the skirt and draw a diagram of it. Ascertain the angle and direction of the straight of grain. 2. Establish the dimensions of the outer perimeter of the panel, by measuring the seams and all other edges. 3. From these measurements, draft a flat pattern of the skirt panel on a separate sheet of paper, using a pencil and long ruler.

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