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Conference: The Body in the Museum - New approaches to the display of dress

Friday 13 January 2012 (Categories: Non ICOM/ICOM-CC, Textiles)

The Body in the Museum - New approaches to the display of dress Saturday 17 March 2012 Museum of London This conference brings together speakers from a variety of backgrounds to share their experiences with different types of dress supports. We will look at materials to use and avoid for short-term exhibitions and permanent displays; the different ways of making 'cut-out' mannequins including the Body-Thèque - a collection of historic body shapes; how to create character and movement; the reasons behind the use of full-figure mannequins and the advantages and potential issues when working with artists and designers. To put it all into context the day will begin with an exploration of the history of 'the body in the museum'. The conference is aimed at curators, conservators, designers and project managers involved in the display of dress. You should come away with a better understanding of how best to tailor your display methods to the 'look' you are trying to achieve, your time and your budget. You will also have the opportunity to see more than 60 outfits and 250 accessories displayed in the new Galleries of Modern London.

9.15am Registration and coffee 10am Welcome and introduction Beatrice Behlen, Senior Curator, Fashion & Decorative Arts, Museum of London 10.20am Death and desire: The body in the museum Eleanor Thompson, PhD student, University of Manchester & Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall (formerly Curator of Dress and Textiles at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery) 11am Tea/coffee 11.30am The Pleasure Garden at the Museum of London Beatrice Behlen, Museum of London 12am Hollywood costume: The challenges of creating character and movement Sam Gatley, Display Specialist, Victoria & Albert Museum 12.30pm Q&A 1pm Lunch (not provided) 2pm The ‘Historical Body’ Collection and papier mâché museum supports Carmen Lucini, Museum Consultant, Dress mounting and preventive conservation, Paris 2.30pm Developing a new figure for historic mannequins Deborah Phipps, Freelance Conservator 3pm Safety first: Secretly supportive mannequin materials Miriam Langford, Treatment Conservation Manager, Historic Royal Palaces 3.30pm Q&A 3.45pm Tea 4.15pm Acrylic Mannequins at the Bowes Museum Janet Wood, Textile Conservator, Historic Royal Palaces and freelance 4:45pm Fibreglass cut-out mannequins Hilary Davidson, Curator of Fashion & Decorative Arts, Museum of London 5.15pm Q&A 5.45pm End

Fee: £40 / £15 (concessions).

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