Projects and Research
Behind-the-scenes efforts of the Costume Institute installation and conservation teams to prepare garments for display.
Watch a video in which Sarah Scaturro, conservator in The Met's Costume Institute, discusses two innovative dresses by the designer Iris Van Herpen, whose use of unorthodox materials and construction techniques presents challenges for long-term preservation.
See how Glenn Petersen, conservator in The Met's Costume Institute, treated this House of Worth ball gown from 1898 to reverse losses to its visual cohesion caused by time and previous restoration.
Learn more about the materials and methods used by Laura Mina, associate conservator in The Met's Costume Institute, to prepare an 18th-century French court suit for exhibition.
Watch a video about the construction of a new tutu for The Met's cast of Degas's famous sculpture, The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer. The Met's costume conservator Glenn Peterson discusses the history of the sculpture and the decisions made in the conservation of its tutu.
Read about how conservators Glenn Petersen and Mecka Baumeister and Jan G. Reeder, former consulting curator for the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Costume Institute, examine the mystery behind and debunk the myths around Pierre Yantorny and his work.