Yesterday seven items were taken out of the cases in Te Papa’s exhibition: Enriching Fashion: an eye for detail on level 4.
In the photograph below a jaunty two-piece playsuit from the 1960s is removed from a case and replaced with a one-piece bathing suit that is almost a hundred years old.
For some reason the frill around the waist of the pair of togs now on display (below) can be removed – a very curious feature.
These replacements are necessary because some of the garments and accessories have been on display and exposed to light for their allotted time.
Textiles are light sensitive so Te Papa’s textile conservators recommend that they are displayed for limited time periods. This precaution means that garments have the best chance of being preserved for the future.
This richly embroidered man’s waistcoat (above), which is 230 years old, has been replaced by an even older embroidered child’s bodice. It will be on display in Enriching Fashion on on level 4 until June.
Another replacement item is a beautiful lilac wedding dress (below left) that was made in Italy in 1909, which has taken the place of a delicately ruffled day dress made for a London department store about 1900.