There are few things more satisfying than seeing some really dramatic “before and after” photos when a conservation treatment is complete! Conservation of Elizabeth Hawes’ “flag dress” or Geographic (1940) has wrapped up, and now you can flip through a whole album of “before/after” pairs showing the transformations of many of the flags that cover the dress.
The forecourt display case in the Conversations Gallery is fresh! A new rotation arrived last week, and it is practically aglow with summery white freshness. How does a 150-year-old child’s dress look this crisp and breezy?
How would you like to travel in a custom “sleeping bag”? These three dresses designed by Ann Lowe (American, 1898–1981) are headed to the Winterthur Museum in Delaware for the exhibition Ann Lowe: American Couturier, snuggled in soft surrounds for a safe and comfortable trip.
What is one of the best things about being a textile conservator? To me, it’s that I sometimes have the chance to “converse” with my fashion design heroes through their work.
This week, grab a sneak peek at “coming attractions” with this Indian floor spread! She’ll be the “star of the show” in our Anu and Shekhar Gallery of South Asian Art when installed at the end of June.
Does crisp spring weather make you crave a snuggly blanket? The Cincinnati Art Museum has several!
Treatment is complete for this 1920s silk chiffon and velvet dress which showed loss in several places, including the right shoulder.
Are you a pal of Indian textiles? Then be sure to see the palampore currently on display in the South Asian Gallery!
Heat and moisture melted the missing sequins on this 1925–1926 party dress at the wearer’s armpit.
We are “dyeing” to find the perfect shades of pink silk chiffon to repair this 1920s dress!
Our textile conservator got to wear all these “hats” this week to address some spots on this settee in Gallery 209, the British portraiture gallery.
Take a peek into preparations for the reopening of the South Asian Galleries, December 2023.
This test hinted at a dramatic difference!
A whole team helped clean the galleries in a gallery-wide dust-up (or down!). Next time you visit the museum, take a minute to think about all the unseen work that goes into keeping all parts of the museum looking their best.
This carpet is a whopping 25’ by 18,’ easily one of the largest textiles in the collection.
This beaded bag from the 1920s is in the textile conservation lab for some stabilization where some of the beading threads were broken, but it presented a special challenge...
This silk chiffon scarf--part of a dress by designer Anna Jeanne Hallée designed in 1924—is undergoing conservation for significant loss and weakness where only shreds and threads remained around the central section.
The Fashion and Textile Collection has a new gift! And it’s part of a set!
It’s true that fashions come back around!
It’s getting weavy weird in the textile conservation lab this week!
We’ve come a long way on the treatment of the Elizabeth Hawes flag dress! If
Usually, clothing is tailored to fit the body. But in the museum, we tailor a body to fit the clothing!
The Potluck is ready to serve!
It’s time for a bath in textile conservation.
This summer, Michelle Leung has the amazing opportunity to intern here in textile conservation, funded through the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Woman’s folk costume, 1900-1950, Korea, glazed linen; Gift of Mrs. Charles F. Mosher, 1966.1505ab
The silk binding edge of this art quilt has been badly damaged by prolonged exposure to light which occurred before it came into the museum’s collection.
This dress is up for consideration to get into a different kind of exclusive party: the museum’s Fashion and Textiles Collection.
Precision dyeing and color-matching is an important part of textile conservation and this week, we have a dyed-to-match success to report for this silk Argentine flag from the Elizabeth Hawes Flag Dress.
In textile conservation this week, we are carrying out condition checks for a checklist of 27 pairs of women's shoes from the 1950s.