ICOM-CC Textiles Working Group Interim Meeting 2019

A Challenging Dimension: The Conservation and Research of Costume and Accessories

Abegg-Stiftung in Riggisberg, Switzerland

20 – 21 June 2019

The topic of this interim meeting is the unique challenges of preserving and conserving costume, dress, and fashion. The selection committee welcomes papers that demonstrate innovative treatments, original research, reflective practice, and/or transdisciplinary working methods and collaboration. Potential topics relating to the conservation of costume and accessories include:

  • Adhesives
  • Aqueous and non-aqueous cleaning methods
  • Archiving and collection storage methods
  • Balancing aesthetic requirements with conservation ethics
  • Conservation history and theory
  • Mounting
  • Non-textile materials (buttons, sequins, metal, etc)
  • Pedagogy
  • Research on materials and techniques
  • Synthetic materials
  • Working with designers, artists, source communities, and other stakeholders

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in English, excluding title and author contact information (name, title, mailing address, email, telephone).

** Please send abstracts to Suzan Meijer:, with the subject: ICOM-CC Textiles Working Group Meeting 2019 by 6 January 2019.**

The selection committee will announce decisions by 15 February 2019.
All papers will be presented in English. ICOM-CC Textiles Working Group plans to publish the Interim Meeting papers online following the conference.
Thanks to generous support from the Abegg-Stiftung, there will be no registration fee for the conference.  All attendees and speakers will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.

Registration and booking will open from early 2019, details to be posted in January.