ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History   /  exhibitions

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen
Grünes Gewölbe

Residenzschloss, Eingang Sophienstrasse

D-01067 Dresden

(The Green Vault -
Dresden Royal Palace, Sophienstraße, opposite Taschenberg ) Palais
  Tel.: +49 - (0)351 - 49 14 2000
Fax: +49 - (0)351 - 49 14 2001

Opening of the exhibition:
4 September 2009, 7 pm

Speeches of:
Prof Dr. Martin Roth,
Dr. Regula Schorta,
Dr. Jutta Charlotte von Bloh,
Bettina Niekamp,
Prof Dr. Dirk Syndram

opening hours:
Neues Grünes Gewölbe

10 am to 6 pm,
closed on tuesdays
except 26 July to 20 September no closing days.

entrance fees:
Standard fee: 10.00 Euros
Reduced fee: 7.50 Euros
children under 6 years: free admission
young people between 6 and 18 years  of age: 1,00 Euro
Groups (10 or more): 9.00 Euros per person

further reductions: see homepage

Prince Elector Moritz's Parade Garment

exhibition by the Rüstkammer Residenzschloss, Sponsel-Raum, Neues Grünes Gewölbe

5 September 2009 until 15 March 2010

  Press release:
Unique Renaissance Costume Restored by the Abegg-Stiftung (Switzerland) for Dresden

The Dresden Armory’s electoral parade garments belong to Europe’s most important cultural heritage. In preparation for their forthcoming new permanent presentation in Dresden’s Palace, the textiles—stored in inaccessible depots since World War II—require extensive conservation treatment. We owe thanks to the Abegg-Stiftung in Riggisberg , Switzerland, for their generous support in this ambitious endeavor. Starting in 2002, they volunteered to conserve Prince Elector Moritz’s Parade Gown, the oldest garment in our collection, dating to the mid-16th century. The treatment was undertaken at the Abegg-Stiftung’s internationally renowned conservation facilities. Reportedly, the majestic yellow-and-black ensemble originally consisted of coat, doublet, breeches and nether hose. It represents an era of fashion painted in the grandest splendor by such masters as Titian, Holbein the Younger and the Cranachs. Dresden is the only place where original examples of princely fashion of that time, influenced by Spanish and Italian taste, have survived.

In 2009 the Armory received the comprehensively conserved Parade Garment from the hands of conservators Bettina Niekamp and Agnieszka Wos Jucker. The nearly criminological archival research and the consequent diligent preservation restored the status of the gown as an historically authentic costume. It also regained its aura as a souvenir of one of the most important Wettin princes. Both metaphorically and concretely speaking, the suit demonstrates the greatness of Elector Moritz (1521-1553): Thanks to him Dresden became the capital of Saxony and an art metropolis.

As a token of our gratitude to the Abegg-Stiftung and to commemorate the unprecedented success of its conservation, we display this unique Renaissance ensemble here in combination with additional examples of contemporary fashion.

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