Conservation of a c. 1900 Women's Ensemble

Geena Roth
Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice

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Title
Conservation of a c. 1900 Women's Ensemble
Contributor Names
Roth, Geena (Author)
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice (Degree granting institution)
Reiter, Sara (Thesis advisor)
Date
2022
Degree Information
M.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2022.
Department: Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice.
Advisors: Reiter, Sara.
Abstract
This qualifying paper sets forth the historical context and conservation treatment of a circa 1900 women's ensemble within the Graduate Studies Collection of the Fashion Institute of Technology. The first section details the materials and construction of the bodice and skirt, contextualizing the ensemble according to historical trends in fashion. With very little information known regarding its provenance, object-based research and examination of extant comparative garments and textiles were employed to more precisely date the ensemble and the results of this research are detailed here. This section is followed by an in-depth description of the condition of the ensemble derived from extensive visual examination. Because the bodice is missing significant components, the condition details are succeeded by a discussion of ethical issues related to ideas of conservation versus restoration regarding areas of loss. This line of thinking is explored in relation to the treatment goals and informs the approach to treatment. The final portion of the paper is devoted to a description of the conservation treatment of the ensemble. The majority of the treatments involved stabilization via stitching, but a range of other methods were used including mechanical cleaning, adhesive treatments, and aesthetic compensation.
Subject
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.)
Fashion--History
Skirts
Bodices
Clothing and dress
Museum conservation methods
Textile fabrics
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Identifier
FIT Repository ID: etd_000863
pqdiss: 28868048
ISBN: 9798759995821
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Language
eng
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Roth, G. (2022). Conservation of a c. 1900 Women's Ensemble [Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York]. FIT Institutional Repository. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/3899
Roth, Geena. Conservation of a C. 1900 Women's Ensemble. 2022. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Master's thesis. FIT Digital Repository, https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/3899
Roth, Geena. "Conservation of a C. 1900 Women's Ensemble." Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, 2022. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/3899