Rachel Cummings deposited Documenting Fashion: The Documentation and Preservation of Fashion Pieces on Humanities Commons 3 years, 10 months ago
Documents have historically been identified as written texts. Due to the ideologies of documentalists stemming from the eighteenth century, the idea of a document has greatly expanded to include not just written texts, but objects as well. Fashion pieces carry with them history, stories and information. This study analyzes the scope of what can be considered a document, and how to preserve, conserve, and display non textual documents. As informational beings, they can be considered documents, under the theories of Paul Otlet, Suzanne Briet, and Michael Buckland. After establishing the documentality of fashion pieces, there are further steps that need to be taken in ensuring the rest of their lifetimes. Conservation techniques when it comes to conserving and protecting fashion pieces have emerged and developed in the last twenty or so years, making preserving these documents more of a possibility.