The emperor‘s old clothes
© Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg
Antique textiles should remain preserved and untouched in all their splendour and glory, so that posterity may also appreciate them. Clothes are a historical source demonstrating the ever-changing trends in fashion.
The „Germanisches Nationalmuseum“ in Nuremberg is the largest museum of cultural history within the German- speaking region and exhibits around 300 original garments spanning three centuries. The changing trends in fashion and its connection with diverse social backgrounds has become apparent. Visitors get an insight into various textile trade and craft materials, how they were cut, styled and finished. For the reliable protection of garments, wallpapers, carpets, scarves, veils and simple textile fragments horizontal flat storage in telescope type boxes is an approved method. Objects with larger dimensions can be stored in a space-saving manner by rolling them onto conservation board tubes that are suspended in boxes specifically designed for long-term storage.