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Objects Up Close

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November 1, 2023


Objects Up Close: Piecing Together the Past, Reconstructing a 1770's Closed Front Sacque Gown


10:30 am—11:30 am

A closed-front sacque back gown (c. 1775-1785), was transformed into upholstery on a period settee (c. 1760-1775) in the early 20th century, but the bodice was retained for repairs and later accessioned into Winterthur's collection. Learn how close observation, patterning, digital manipulation, and collection research enabled creation of a full-scale reproduction of the sacque back and a remarkable understanding of the how the settee was created from the original.

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