A Sartorial Puzzle: Conserving a Worth & Bobergh Ensemble for Display

Kirstin Purtich
Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice

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Title
A Sartorial Puzzle: Conserving a Worth & Bobergh Ensemble for Display
Contributor Names
Purtich, Kirstin (Author)
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice (Degree granting institution)
Montegut, Denyse (Thesis advisor)
Date
2021
Degree Information
M.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2021.
Department: Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice.
Advisors: Montegut, Denyse. Committee members: Lourdes Font; Joanne Arbuckle.
Abstract
This paper is a discursive expansion on a condition report and treatment proposal for an incomplete day and evening ensemble, made by the house of Worth & Bobergh circa 1866-1868 and now held by the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (2019.1602.1A-R). The first chapter provides a full description of the ensemble's components at the time of their examination in January 2020, detailing their materials and construction; this narrative summary is accompanied by scale drawings of all components. The next chapter puts these garments into historical context, triangulating the ensemble among extant fashion media and related garments in order to confirm the designer attribution, the date of manufacture, and the articulation of the garments on a body. Condition is assessed in the following chapter, informed in part by direct comparison with surviving Worth & Bobergh ensembles in several other American collections.The penultimate chapter comprises a detailed treatment proposal, including options not chosen for practical and ethical reasons. Treatment methods have been negotiated among the author and representatives of the FIDM Museum, to ensure that the proposed treatment will meet both the immediate goal of exhibition and the longer range goal of future study and display of each component. Treatment is expected to commence in the summer or fall of 2021, pending the easing of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.The paper concludes with projections for the ensemble's solo exhibition slated for the spring of 2022. Drawing upon precedents established by the FIDM Museum and by other institutions, the final chapter first anticipates mounting methods for the day ensemble and fragmentary evening bodice, then presents possible ways for the Museum to interpret the conservation process for its visitors.
Subject
Clothing and dress
Conservation and restoration
Costume--Conservation and restoration
Dressmaking
Museum exhibits
FIDM (College)
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Identifier
FIT Repository ID: etd_000853
pqdiss: 28322521
ISBN: 9798708713261
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Language
eng
Publisher
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Citation

Purtich, K. (2021). A Sartorial Puzzle: Conserving a Worth & Bobergh Ensemble for Display [Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York]. FIT Institutional Repository. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/3846
Purtich, Kirstin. A Sartorial Puzzle: Conserving a Worth & Bobergh Ensemble for Display. 2021. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Master's thesis. FIT Digital Repository, https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/3846
Purtich, Kirstin. "A Sartorial Puzzle: Conserving a Worth & Bobergh Ensemble for Display." Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, 2021. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/3846