SURVEY | "Glossy Surfaces" Conservation solutions for thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) coatings in fashion collections.
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This is a 3-year Flemish government-funded project composed of an international consortium of museums - Mode Museum (MoMu, Belgium) Museu do Design e da Moda (MUDE, Portugal), and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET, USA) – as well as scientific partners – Department of Conservation and Restoration from NOVA School of Science and Technology (Portugal) and Centexbel (Belgium). This project seeks conservation solutions for thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) coatings in fashion collections. In general a lot of research has already been done on PUR foams, however our focus will only be on TPU coatings (possible to be found in imitation leathers and coated fabrics). This material appears in most contemporary fashion and design collections, but is often not recognized or mistaken for plasticised polyvinyl chloride (P-PVC).