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Dress conservation

The Springfield Collection

Dress conservation

Conservation treatment for a Springfield dress

A dress from the Springfield-Faithfull family collection is prepared for display in this series of photographs by George Serras. Carmela Mollica and Kerryn Wagg from the Museum's conservation team work to brush-vacuum the two-piece dress and dry-clean the lace collar and sleeves. Tears in the silk lining on the neckline, waistband and front of the bodice were repaired using adhesives and stitching. The silk on the sleeves was also stabilised and undergarments were constructed before the dress was placed on a mannequin.

This dress, from about 1905, is on show in the National Museum's Landmarks gallery.