Conservation Project: Costume Accessories, Corsets and Shaping Structures

Whenever possible, corsets and shaping structures are stored in the position in which they would have been used. Because the accessories are more visually accessible in these new mounts, they can be examined with minimal or no handling.

Custom-shaped mounts, made of polyethylene foam, polyester batting, cotton and polyester knit, are designed to maintain the shape of the corsets and support their fragile parts. Trays that surround the mounts extend slightly beyond the perimeter of each object to protect them and catch any loose parts. Partial objects and less structured corsets are stored horizontally, over suspended body forms or mounted on shaped foam blocks.

See photos of corsets and shaping structures in their custom mounts.