These forms with integrated head mounts were made from Fosshape 600  (100% polyester) to mount 6 costumes for the exhibition at the Koldinghus Museum in Denmark ’1001 Treasures The Best from the Collection of the Museum and the Town Archives’  (September 2012 – March 2013).

I used Propress steamer Pro290 to mould Fosshape over the head and body forms that were cut down and filed to the right size and shape. 

Two more posts on this project: here and here.

Acknowledgements: Many thanks to Olga Andersson for her great work on the project during her internship at the Conservation Centre Vejle.

Relevant post: Preventive conservation: storage mount for a folk dance bonnet: Fosshape


Amnéus, C. & M. Miles. 2012. A method for invisibly mounting costume using Fosshape. Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, Special Mountmaking issue, Vol. 51, No. 1, Spring/Summer 2012, 3-14.

Discussion on Paccin Network on Oddy testing of Fosshape. I carried out Oddy test on Fosshape during my fellowship at the NMAI, it passed.

Fosshape Mannequins by Jamie Hascall, Chief Preparator and mountmaker at Museums of New Mexico Santa Fe.