0

New Brunswick Museum preserves rare gown made of glass #ArtTuesday

Glass dress

Via CBC news

A 116-year-old evening gown in the collection of the New Brunswick Museum exemplifies cutting-edge fashion.

Made of glass fibres interwoven with silk, the floor-length, pale green gown is one of only four dresses in the world made of so-called “moonlight cloth.”

The dress, originally made for the the Exposition Universelle of 1900 in Paris, showcased the sophistication of contemporary glass-making techniques.

While manufacturers had experimented with drawing glass out into long, thin fibres since the 1780s, Peter Larocque, the New Brunswick Museum’s curator of cultural history and art, said the 1900 dress would have been a marvel of its age.

“Turning it into something wearable, bendable and so fine,” said Larocque, “stretched the limits of the path of the material.”

Charlotte Holzer, a PhD candidate at the Technical University of Munich, has travelled to Saint John to study the dress.

She said the example at the museum is unique in that manufacturers “worked with the glass fabric and not in a traditional way of tailoring, which is why it’s in better condition,” said Holzer.

That being said, the dress is still extremely fragile.

Although the thin, hand-drawn glass fibres are flexible, “they are brittle when you apply pressure at one point,” she said.

Holzer, and conservators at the New Brunswick Museum are studying how the the dress might be displayed “in the way it was intended to be worn,” said Larocque.

It’s unknown if or when the dress will be displayed.

The dress is both an aesthetic feat, and an attempt to “stretch the bounds of technology,” said Larocque.

“It speaks to establishing a challenge, and attempting to fulfil it,” he said.

“It also talks about innovation, and new ways to use materials, and stretching the boundaries of what a material is capable of.”

Learn more


Screenshot 4 2 14 11 48 AMEvery Tuesday is Art Tuesday here at Adafruit! Today we celebrate artists and makers from around the world who are designing innovative and creative works using technology, science, electronics and more. You can start your own career as an artist today with Adafruit’s conductive paints, art-related electronics kits, LEDs, wearables, 3D printers and more! Make your most imaginative designs come to life with our helpful tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System. And don’t forget to check in every Art Tuesday for more artistic inspiration here on the Adafruit Blog!

Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.

Join 7,500+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

CircuitPython in 2018 – Python on Microcontrollers is here!

Have an amazing project to share? Join the SHOW-AND-TELL every Wednesday night at 7:30pm ET on Google+ Hangouts.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/


Maker Business — Fewer startups, and other collateral damage from the 2018 tariffs

Wearables — Light as a Worbla feather

Electronics — How to make your own magnetic field probe!

Biohacking — The State of DNA Analysis in Three Mindmaps

Python for Microcontrollers — One year of CircuitPython weeklies!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.