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FASHION PLATE

RESTORATION PROCESS

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The following will take you through the process we use to restore fashion plates to their original beauty. We use this process digitally on all of our images.

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Restoration Animation | Plate Comparison | Completed Restoration

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This is the original fashion plate.

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See how the painting has just been throw on the flowers and leaves. I know you are thinking how can this make a different as a small image as the one on the left. The true size of the image will be six inches tall and this will be visible in the final product.

This is the plate after the first phase of re-painting the background and touching up the painting on the hair... the original was very sloppy.

TIME SPENT ON THIS PROCESS:

1 HOUR 45 MINS.

Here is the same image cleaned. All the leaves and flowers are painted correctly. The pearls on the headband are painted white. If you compare the above image and this one you will also notice the ringlets. Some color was missing from them too.

TIME SPENT ON THIS PROCESS:

45 MINS.

 

 

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The artists during painted very quickly. Sometimes they just slapped the paint on an area, like above. Doing this made details of the plate vague and sometimes distorted.

TOTAL TIME SPENT ON THE RESTORATION PROCESS:

Compare the image above of the bodice and this one. The flower has been cleaned up, and showing details. The blank leaves have been painted with a matching shade of green. I cleaned around the edges of the brooch, but not inside it. We are discussing if the flowery looking thing behind it is the yellow/gold or not. Now you can see the details of the bodice. The costume description states that the dress was white. So I have started painting the bodice. Parallel lines close together were a period style to create shadow. All the shadow lines have been corrected on the bodice except the shadow above the hands center bodice. These were left to show you a difference in cleaning and not cleaning the shadows.

Background:

1hr

45 min

Head-dress:

0 hr

45 min

Bodice (3/4):

3 hr

30 min

Full Bodice:

1 hr

15 min

Sleeve/hand:

2 hr

18 min

Skirt Ruffle:

1 hr

55 min

Skirt: 1st panel:

2 hr

17 min

Skirt: 2nd panel:

1 hr

10 min

Skirt: 3rd panel:

1 hr

7 min

Skirt: 4th panel:

6 hr

12 min

Left Flounce:

1 hr

45 min

Center Flounce

3 hr

15 min

Right Flounce:

1 hr

35 min

Total time:

28 hr

39 min

 

Clean Shadow Area (shoulder)

 

 

Uncleaned Shadow Area (above)

Note the clean bodice shadows: under hands, shoulders, and the edge of the sleeve puffs on the right side of bodice. In between every shadow line has to be cleaned by painting (very tedious work).

Here she is with this much of the bodice finished. Please, remember she is at 50% of her normal size.

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Bodice shadow cleaned, compare with two pictures above.

Cleaning this section took 1 hr. 15 mins.

The image is complete from the waist up.

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Restoration Animation

Plate Comparison

Completed Restoration

The sleeves and hands are clean and re-painted. The arms, neck, and face are left the original color from the raw image. The color is perfect for skin tones. I do air brush them to take out any imperfections, such as this plate had some stains on the face and upper chest. The two solid color shadows under the left sleeve puffings, I have left natural color for the moment. I want to see if I need to lighten them when the total restoration project is complete.

TOTAL CLEANING TIME ON SLEEVES AND HANDS TOOK

2 HRS. 18 MINS.

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Website Bibliographical Information:

The Ladies Cabinet of Fashion, Music, & Romance. England: London, Vol. XIV, July, 1838.

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