Tag Archives | Costume

“Clothes Tell Stories:” An Online Costume Workbook

The ICOM’s Costume Committee is looking for contributions to the special project “Clothes Tell Stories”, which will be launched at the meeting in Rio de Janeiro 2013. You can see more about the exciting program under “News – next annual meeting” on the Committee website www.costume-committee.org.

This project, called an on-line Costume Workbook, is a web-based resource for museums, students and the general public about how to use costume to tell stories: costume is extremely evocative and always has an immediate appeal in museums. Clothes so easily illustrate many kinds of stories because, when correctly used, they bring an extremely personal aspect to our history. Costume Committee members are contributing their expertise in this project to illustrate many aspects of working with historical costume which will be useful for others: terminology, exhibition techniques, successful labels, contemporary collecting, aspects of proper storage and handling, exhibition walk-throughs and much more.…

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On premature aging

 

Clare M. Wilkinson-Weber, PhD, Department of Anthropology, Washington State University Vancouver

In a couple of remarks collected from costume designers in the course of my research on the making of popular Hindi films (“Bollywood”), I was told that a challenge for the designer wanting to create “real” (as opposed to glamorous or overstated) costumes was that there was no interest in or knowledge of how to age them. By aging they meant what is sometimes termed “breakdown” or “distressing” in other theatrical and film industries, or treating the finished costume so as to appear to the viewer that it had undergone anything from days to weeks to years of wear. Considering this question has led me to discussions with ager-dyers and costume designers in contexts where aging is expected and therefore conventional, and the examination of aged costumes and the settings in which they are made.…

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