You Should Be Watching: Fashion and Textile Museum Channels

Increasingly, museums are utilizing video – along with other social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram – as a route to promote exhibitions and engage visitors. The Victoria and Albert museum recently set a new standard with David Bowie Is, a film documenting the exhibition of the same name that was screened in theaters worldwide in November. A number of fashion and textile museums produce video content for the web. Some, like the V&A or ModeMuseum in Antwerp, have established channels on YouTube and Vimeo, while others publish one-offs that promote collections or document behind-the-scenes work, like conservation and mounting. Four recent museum videos highlighting fashion or textile content are shared here. If there’s a recent exhibition you were unable to visit or a video installation you’d like to watch again, check out the list of museum video channels below. Is there a museum we missed? We’d love for you to share links to other channels in the comments.

Behind the Scenes: Hanging the Tapestries in Grand Design
Click the thumbnail below to watch the full video on the Met’s exhibition blog.

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This video shows the process of hanging the Gluttony tapestry for the Met’s exhibition Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry, on view until January 11. Museum staff hung 19 tapestries in total, each measuring 12 to 30 feet in length and weighing around 100 pounds. The installation process, documented on the exhibition blog, took 2 weeks to complete.

The Power of Fashion: Getting Dressed

This video was filmed for the exhibition The Power of Fashion at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm. At over thirty minutes, it’s long by Internet video standards, and silent, yet riveting for those interested in historic fashion. It depicts a man and a woman getting dressed in eighteenth-century clothing, the woman dressing twice in accordance with differing social classes, from chemise to cap.

MOMU3 X BULO by Frederik Heyman and Wout Bosschaert

MoMu Antwerp collaborated with fashion photographer Frederik Heyman and graphic artist Wout Bosschaert, utilizing 3D scans of garments in the museum’s collection to give new perspective and “digital life” to the objects.

Work in Process: Machine Knitting

The RISD Museum captures the process for creating stripes on a mid-twentieth century Brother knitting machine. RISD has several of these vintage machines available in the Textiles Department for student use.

Are you a conservator, a curator, a student of fashion? Support your favorite museums by watching and subscribing to the channels listed below.

Kent State University Museum on YouTube
Metropolitan Museum of Art on YouTube
ModeMuseum Antwerp on Vimeo
Museum of Fine Arts Boston on YouTube
Nordic Museum on YouTube
RISD Museum on YouTube
Textile Museum of Canada on YouTube
The Museum at FIT on YouTube
Victoria and Albert Museum on Vimeo
Victoria and Albert Museum on YouTube
Weald and Downland Museum on YouTube

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