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Traveling exhibitions for museums

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

Current costume exhibits under construction

  • Antebellum Elegance: 1850s & 1860s Fashions 

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


  • Title TBD: Flapper Fashion of the 1920s

  • Feed Sack Fashion: Thriftiness & Depression Era America

  • Victory Girls: 1940s Wartime Fashions


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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