Compare two online museum exhibits

Collaborative effort:
The Victoria and Albert museum decided to do an exhibit show honoring Christian Dior the fashion designer. The museum put out a call to the public requesting donations of any clothing from the very first styles he created from the time he first open his business. The museum received so many outfits that they had the opportunity to pick and chose from all the different styles and time periods. One of the dresses that stood out was a knee length cocktail dress, pink in color. To get the best possible affect for the pink dress, the conservators spent 40 hours sculpting the body of a maniquuien to fit the dress perfectly. They had to add padding to the hips and shoulders. When the exhibit was opened to the public, the owner of the pink dress fell in love with it all over again.
No collaboration:
The Victoria and Albert museum has Shakespeare’s First Philo, with this artifact it is so delicate that you have to make an appointment just to view this book. The book was being repaired by the conservators, with thirteen tears in it. The conservators used a wheat starch to fix all of the repairs

I Lund the Victoria and Albert Museum very fascinating and totally awesome to look through online.

One Thought to “Week #11”

  1. Angela Linn

    Shows that focus on fashion design always elicit contradictory responses to me. On one hand exhibits like this (https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/inside-the-christian-dior-designer-of-dreams-exhibition) really reinforce the elitism that is tied up in fashion and those who traditionally were the benefactors of museums. As a museum of art, design, and performance, the V&A really has to consciously consider the message exhibits like this reinforce. I wonder what sort of interpretive labels they write for shows like this?

    It would be great to compare and contrast another exhibit from a different museum of a similar theme. Maybe the Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty” exhibit that has been so widely admired in its global traveling schedule: http://blog.metmuseum.org/alexandermcqueen/about/ This was organized in a fairly conventional way, it seems, with a single named curator.

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