A Practical Guide to Costume Mounting by Lara Flecker

By Lara Flecker

The potent training of clothes for demonstrate is key for exhibitions of up to date and historic gown. Costumes not just have to be visually beautiful but additionally absolutely supported and traditionally actual. This publication presents a finished consultant to mounting costumes from the eighteenth century to the current day. It contains equipment for adapting and shaping figures to create historic silhouettes, developing underpinnings and making replicas and toiles utilizing reasonably cheap and easy options. a pragmatic advisor to dress Mounting is a useful source for conservators, historians and all these operating with garments in museums, deepest collections and in the course of the model and theatre industries.Trained as a historic gown maker, writer Lara Flecker is the cloth reveal expert at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. She has labored greatly with the museum's world-class gown assortment, getting ready clothing for reveal. Her uncomplicated mounting tools are sincerely defined and will be utilized by individuals with quite a lot of event, together with people with few stitching talents. * the one book detailing the best way to mount costumes * deals accomplished and sensible recommendation utilizing transparent color photos * the writer has enormous adventure in mounting costumes of all classes of background from a good nationwide museum assortment.

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4. Bust point to point female costume only The bust points on a figure usually correspond to the nipples and are the precise spots where each breast is at its fullest. The point to point dimension is taken by measuring the distance between the nipples. This measurement is the distance between each bust point. On a costume these points are found at the farthest tip of the bust darts or seam shaping. If the bust points are not obvious, estimating this measurement is not important. As a rough guide, however, the point to point of an average, uncorseted woman is approximately 20 cm.

1 Black evening dress designed by Christian Dior, worn by Dame Margot Fonteyn. 1955. French. 118-1974. Mounted on a papier maˆché dress stand by Proportion London. In order to mount the costume, the figure had to be cut down to reduce its dimensions and re-covered in a non-stretch display fabric. 41 42 A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO COSTUME MOUNTING In particular, conservation concerns about the materials that figures are made from, are not clear-cut. As a result it is difficult to give firm guidance on this subject.

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. Mark on the straight of grain. 4. Employing the same grid technique used with bodices, cast a few vertical and horizontal threads to double check the size and shape of the panel and the curve of the hem and waistlines.

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