Part two of Registrar Meghan Hansen's three-part post on producing the 22nd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition. Today's post focuses on a fascinating aspect of the process: matching costumes to mannequins.
As I mentioned in my last post, the costumes loaned to FIDM Museum for this annual exhibition are received mere weeks before the exhibition opens. This presents a logistical challenge for everyone involved in the exhibition planning and execution. As a result, we have begun to use technology for condition reporting, in what used to be a pencil and paper game. The tablet allows the note-taker to quickly type inventory and condition information, as well as take photos within the same app. Photos can even be drawn on with a color-coded “marker” to indicate areas with condition issues.
While it would be faster to skip the step of conditioning the objects, it is an essential part of our stewardship of the museum. These documents will be indispensible should there be a disagreement with a lender or an insurance claim. While we hope nothing of that sort happens, these are the things I must think about as the Museum Registrar. Be thankful you do not have to!