The Springfield-Faithfull family collection contains stunning garments from the 1730s to the 1960s. These garments were worn — or are strongly linked with — five generations of the Faithfull, Deane and Maple-Brown families.
The collection includes bustled day dresses, beaded gowns, wedding dresses, tailored riding habits and a wide range of shoes and other accessories. It boasts the oldest dress in the Museum's collection.
Museum curators and conservators are working with these dresses to reveal stories of London’s weaving and textile industry, colonial migration, pastoralism at Springfield and Sydney’s social life.
See a dress from the collection being prepared for display by conservators Carmela Mollica and Kerryn Wagg. This dress was brush-vacuumed and dry cleaned. Tears in the silk lining were repaired and silk on the sleeves was stabilised. Undergarments were constructed before the dress was placed on a mannequin.