The treatment of this dress was funded by the Museum Auxiliary and individual donations. These important donations allowed us to get this project started while worked on grant applications to fund more dresses.
So far, we have funding in place for 4 additional dresses, which brings the grand total to 5! We are extremely proud of our fundraising efforts to date -- conservation work is NOT easy to fund. We have 15 more dresses to go in order to complete this project.
Below are more photos of the conservation issues this dress faced when our textile conservator began working on it. Post-treatment photos are yet to come, but the current status of this dress is COMPLETELY CONSERVED! Each issue documented in these photos has been repaired.
I have placed a special label on its box to record the date on which treatment was completed. I'm looking forward to adding lots more of those labels in the future!
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