CCI: Mannequin Making for Historic Costumes

This workshop discusses the factors that determine the best way to display historic costumes, including the condition of the object, safety and accurate representation of the period. Fabrication methods for four different types of mannequins are outlined, issues surrounding preventive conservation are covered and a variety of options for the construction of finishing touches (e.g. arms, legs, stands, bases, heads and hair) are presented. The hands-on component of the workshop includes the construction of a mannequin torso as well as experimentation with materials and methods for finishing touches.

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