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The Costumer's Manifesto: How do you get to visit a study collection ofcostumes in a museum?
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'''How do you get to visit a study collection of costumes in amuseum?'''
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[[File:ManifestobookNotebookNoter10.gif]] Plastic dominatrix costume with stiff plastic "bell" bottoms and cuffs (top), corset shoe (bottom).
  
Write formally or call for an appointment. (They will reply and tell you acceptable times for visiting).
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[[File:ManifestobookNotebookNoter11.gif]] More Pellon origami costumes.  
  
In your letter/call explain what you specifically want to see or do: for example, "I am a reenactor and am involved in making costumes for my group that replicate clothing of middle class residents of Bath in 1814. I would like to view some of the hats and caps in your collection, since the construction of these is difficult to discern from illustrations." or "I am studying the designs and career of Natalia Goncharova, and have heard that the Theatre Museum has a collection of her renderings. I was wondering also if you possessed any actual dance costumes designed by Gontcharova, and whether I might be allowed to view these (if such exist) as well as the renderings in your archive." Don't just make this stuff up. Find something that you actually need/want to learn about and make that be your request.
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[[File:ManifestobookNotebookNoter12.gif]] Pattern for a garment that can be worn three ways.
  
When visiting the museum, show up on time.
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[[File:ManifestobookNotebookNoter13.gif]] Foam disc that can be worn many ways.
  
Wear nice business style clothing with no sharp or dangly bits: no rings, sharp jewelry, cuff buttons that snag, etc.
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[[File:ManifestobookNotebookNoter14.gif]] Suit with arrow motifs.  
  
Try not to bring big bags of stuff, pizza, children, cell phones, etc.
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[[File:ManifestobookNotebookNoter16.gif]] Arrow motif vest, necktie, corset garters, and dress straps; road pavement motif.
  
Be patient. The first hour will just be filling out forms, putting on aprons (and in some places gloves), pulling out the items, and setting up your space.
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[[File:ManifestobookNotebookNoter17.gif]] Simple wrapped costumes with writing of lines from the script painted on the fabric.
  
Ask before taking photos. (Usually it is best if you ask in your letter or call, since permission may only be the prerogative of somebody higher up. The intended use of the photos is also a factor, most museums will allow photos for personal study, school reports, etc. but won't allow publication in a book or web page without a fee.)
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[[File:ManifestobookNotebookNoter2.gif]] Pellon costume with lace made by folding and cutting like paper snowflakes, another "whipped cream" theme costume.
 
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Do bring pencils and a notebook.
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Give yourself at least 1/2 a day to take proper notes.
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Be kind to the costumes. If this is your first time working with museum clothing, ask the curator to go through the do's and don't of how to handle them so they won't get hurt.
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After your visit send a thank you note to the curator, in business form, that the costume department can use for ammo. the next time some idiot on the county council wants to cut their funding.
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==Product Links==
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[[File:AmazonBooks5Yourvintagekeepsake.jpg|link=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/096764450X/thecostumersmani| Your Vintage Keepsake: A Costume Society of America Guide to Costume Storage and Display]] Your Vintage Keepsake: A Costume Society of America Guide to Costume Storage and Display
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Revision as of 00:55, 23 January 2014

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ManifestobookNotebookNoter10.gif Plastic dominatrix costume with stiff plastic "bell" bottoms and cuffs (top), corset shoe (bottom).

ManifestobookNotebookNoter11.gif More Pellon origami costumes.

ManifestobookNotebookNoter12.gif Pattern for a garment that can be worn three ways.

ManifestobookNotebookNoter13.gif Foam disc that can be worn many ways.

ManifestobookNotebookNoter14.gif Suit with arrow motifs.

ManifestobookNotebookNoter16.gif Arrow motif vest, necktie, corset garters, and dress straps; road pavement motif.

ManifestobookNotebookNoter17.gif Simple wrapped costumes with writing of lines from the script painted on the fabric.

ManifestobookNotebookNoter2.gif Pellon costume with lace made by folding and cutting like paper snowflakes, another "whipped cream" theme costume.

"The Costumer's Manifesto"
by Tara Maginnis