CostumeLAB – Textile Conservation in Action

Part exhibition and part live event CostumeLAB is an exhibition event that combines science with fashion history.

Visit the exhibition daily from 26 April to 5 May 2021 at Labassa. Sessions run from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm.  Click here to purchase tickets.

CostumeLAB is an exhibition event that combines conservation science with fashion history. A collaboration between the National Trust and the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, CostumeLAB highlights the essential role conservation plays in the preservation of textiles and fashion.

The conservator’s work is often performed inside dedicated spaces and laboratories, out of the public eye. CostumeLAB reveals this behind-the-scenes work. Conservators will treat fragile textiles – many never before displayed – while visitors learn about the techniques, knowledge, and craft of conservation.

Part exhibition and part live event, CostumeLAB is structured as a short-term residency. Hosted over only 10 days, this exclusive event provides an opportunity to gain privileged access to historical costumes, to see inside the garments, their construction, and evidence of wear. 



Please note parking is not available on Manor grove. Street parking is available along Orrong road.




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26 April until 5 May 2021


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2 Manor Grove
Caulfield North 3161 VIC

Bookings Office on 03 9656 9889 Mon-Fri

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