Posted 10/14/20 (Wed)
By Lori Nohner, Assistant Curator of Collections, Audience Engagement & Museum Division
The collections workroom is looking a little crazy lately as we are getting ready for the Fashion & Function: North Dakota Style exhibit opening in January. With so many cool outfits to showcase, our Audience Engagement & Museum Division team needed more than 125 body forms or mannequins. We had some on hand but needed to order around 70 more.
Two Mannequin Challenges
So the wrapping parties began. In three weeks, 23 volunteers and staff members wrapped over 70 mannequins and dress forms, creating a regular aluminum foil army. Did you know it takes about an hour to fully wrap a mannequin with foil tape? This is a step that visitors to the Fashion & Function exhibit will never see, but it was necessary for the long-term preservation of the state’s collection.
The mannequins lined up before the foiling party:
About 30 minutes into foiling one mannequin.
Foiling and foiling and foiling more than 100 mannequins:
My new friend, "Silvia." Other friends include
Tina Foil and Al Luminum.
We’re currently seeking clothing, games, and other items from the 1960s to today that have North Dakota stories. If you have items to consider donating to the state’s museum collections, you'll find an online donation form.