There are many responsibilities for the collections manager/museum registrar/assistant registrar (as the plethora of titles allude to), and Friday was a good demonstration of this. We professionally photographed garments with our expert student assistant photographer, Dan; curator, Sara; and guest-curator Noël. The many loans that have come in for the upcoming exhibition, “Sustainable Fashion: Exploring the Paradox,” require photography for the accompanying exhibition catalogue.
You would not believe all of the little details that go into photographing a garment collection. You have to select the right color backdrop paper that enhances the garments, and then you have to hang this 9 foot roll of paper as a backdrop for 5 foot + mannequins. You need to decide what mannequins or dress forms will work with which garments. Then the mannequins have to be oh-so-carefully dressed and moved to the backdrop paper. The work is quite physical!
At the end of the day, I know that whether I’m sitting at the computer, helping to dress mannequins, or receiving loans, I’ll never be bored! There is more photography in my future for tomorrow, but today, I’ll enjoy catching-up on loan and accession paperwork.