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Princely Costume from Dresden, 14 September – 10 November 2019

Dresden Armoury is in possession of an exquisite costume worn by Augustus, Elector of Saxony (1526–1586), which it entrusted to the Abegg-Stiftung for analysis and conservation/restoration. The ensemble counts among the few late Renaissance courtly costumes to have survived practically in its entirety, even if it has lost at least part of its erstwhile radiance in the course of its long history. The filet embroidery in black silk embellishing it has been especially badly affected. Over a two-year period, several textile conservators worked on the costume, whose conservation proved all the more time-consuming since it consists of several separate garments. There was also old darning and over-embroidery that had to be painstakingly removed. The conserved costume can now be marvelled at in Riggisberg for a few weeks before it returns to Germany. Download Press Release