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Traveling exhibitions for museums

Large, medium, or small, bustle aims to create affordable traveling costume exhibits for museums

Current traveling exhibits for offer

  • Antebellum Elegance: 1850s & 1860s Fashions 

  • The New Woman: Gibson Girl Fashion in the 1890s


  • Flapper Fashion of the 1920s

  • Feed Sack Fashion: Thriftiness & Depression Era America

  • Victory Girls: 1940s Wartime Fashions

Exhibit Under Construction
Exhibit Under Construction
Exhibit Under Construction
Exhibit Under Construction

Flapper Fashion was recently on view at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, in Farmville VA, 2024

1860s plaid dress
1890s Gibson Girl Bodice
1940s Blouse

Additional Services

bustle provides the following preservation services: 

  • Museum collections consultation and collections management

  • Inventory management

  • Registration services for incoming or outgoing loans

  • Dress preservation                                                         

  • Photo digitization  and preservation                                            

  • Historic research                                              

Mannequin Creation & Rentals 

Have an exhibit coming up, but don't own mannequins?


Customizing mounts for exhibition requires an in depth skill set to create, modify, and dress a mannequin for historic costume.  Mannequins are custom fitted to the costume's specific dimensions, and historic silhouettes are created for which the costume is from.

Custom form creation for purchase: $450

Conservation friendly ethafoam form carved for either generic measurements or historic measurements.  Mannequins include the conservation form, a simple black tripod stand, and jersey cover. 

Costume mounting: $35/hour

Mannequin rental: $15/month

Build out of mannequins are created from specific dress dimensions for a conservation friendly form.  Measurements, build out, and mounting are billed at $30/hour.  Build out typically takes around 2 hours


Bustle specializes in preserving family and museum collections, with an emphasis on textile items, including wedding dresses, christening gowns, military uniforms, or even a favorite outfit.  All preservation will be customized to the item, as materials deteriorate differently over time.  Each object will come with a museum quality water resistant acid and lignen free box.  For textile conservation, each box will come with a personalized muslin dust cover, which can include a family members name, initials, or a special date.









Dress Preservation

Wedding dress preservation: $250 before tax

Includes customized monogrammed dust cover with initials, wedding colors, and font choice. 

Full names are an additional $25.  

Why choose bustle over having your dress preserved at a dry cleaners? 

bustle only uses museum quality materials to ensure your dress will last a lifetime.  This means there's no plastic or cardboard involved in the preservation or touching your dress.  Nor is the acid-free and lignen-free box sealed with harsh chemicals, so you can open your box anytime!

Please note: bustle does not provide cleaning services at this time, and all materials need to be cleaned prior to preservation.  bustle recommends Harvey's Cleaners - 3411 Brambleton Ave, Roanoke.

Lectures &Speaking Engagements

Customize your event with a historical lecture on a topic of your choosing.  Ashley's specialty is fashion history; however, the topic can be tailored. 

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Hours - By appointment only.

Thanks for your inquiry!

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