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How to Conserve a Wedding Dress by the Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade
18 September, 2013
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Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade takes us to the textile conservation workshop, showing us the conservation treatment of a wedding dress, worn in Belgrade, in 1878, by Draga Kandić at her wedding to Ljubomir Kovačević, historian and politician.

Before conservation. © Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade

The museum bought the dress in 1964 from the couple’s daughter Milica Rakić, wife of the poet and diplomat Milan Rakić. The princess dress was worn with a busk and reflects the style of the day. It has no horizontal waist seam, but uses vertical tucks to fit closely to the upper part of body. The conservation process consisted of taking the dress apart, mechanical cleaning, washing, drying, conservation of damaged areas, sewing the dress back to its original form and its preparation for the exhibition. The conservation was conducted by the museum conservator Marija Labudović, with the professional and practical help provided by the Ethnografic Museum, Belgrade and The Central Institute for Conservation, Belgrade. The wedding dress was on display at the museum exhibition “Wedding Dresses in Serbia in the Second Half of the 19th and at the Beginning of the 20th Centuries, from the Collection of the Museum of Applied Art”, curated by Draginja Maskareli, between September 22 and December 31, 2011. Find out more about bridal costume from the Museum of Applied Art and the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation  on our Tumblr.

Taking the dress apart. © Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade

Conservation of the damaged areas. © Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade

Sewing the dress back to its original form. © Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade

The wedding dress on display after conservation. Photo: Veselin Milunovic

Detail of the dress. © Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade