A photograph of what the dress looks like in its proper state is pasted to the outside of its archive box. Storage at the museum is key, in terms of its conservation efforts; the museum employs three specialists for those tasks. “One is responsible for exhibitions, and another for the storage rooms — she prepares the pieces for registration and then puts them in the boxes or hangs them on hangers. And then the third is responsible for actual conservation. Either she does small fixes herself, or she makes sure the pieces go to an external specialist. She also checks every piece before it goes to an exhibition here in the museum or at another institution. Sometimes a piece is too far gone to be put on a mannequin, and then we decide whether to leave it in the storage room or do a bigger restoration.”
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A photograph of what the dress looks like in its proper state is pasted to the outside of its archive box. Storage at the museum is key, in terms of its conservation efforts; the museum employs three specialists for those tasks. “One is responsible for exhibitions, and another for the storage rooms — she prepares the pieces for registration and then puts them in the boxes or hangs them on hangers. And then the third is responsible for actual conservation. Either she does small fixes herself, or she makes sure the pieces go to an external specialist. She also checks every piece before it goes to an exhibition here in the museum or at another institution. Sometimes a piece is too far gone to be put on a mannequin, and then we decide whether to leave it in the storage room or do a bigger restoration.”