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
Flapper Fashion will be on view at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Farmville VA, until March 2024
bustle provides the following preservation services:
Museum collections consultation and collections management
Registration services for incoming or outgoing loans
Photo digitization and preservation
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.
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.