Storing collections of garments and clothes is always a challenge.
The textile hub in Greymouth Mawhera is in its final setting-up stages and now the most urgent need is to get the costume, fashion and textile items out of their boxes and onto rails and shelves. Although the space is not temperature-controlled, or humidity-controlled for that matter, blinds keep the sun off the fabrics. In the long term there will be a need to regulate the space more carefully but for the moment it is enough to get the collection out.
This article from the New York Times is about how the trend for big exhibitions is driving designers and collectors to store their pieces with more care. The blockbuster shows of fashion that have come about over the last decade or so have created a new awareness of the value of clothes and costume. Although the collection in Mawhera is small there are some good pieces in it. It might soon be time to invest in better storage!
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