Jonathan Scheer is the president and CEO of J. Scheer & Co., a firm specializing in conservation cleaning and preservation of wedding gowns, exhibition couture, and historic textiles.
J. Scheer & Co. is the recommended preservationist for many renowned fashion designers, including Amsale, Angel Sanchez, Anne Barge, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera, Christos, Elie Saab, Elizabeth Fillmore, Junko Yoshioka, Kenneth Pool, Manuel Mota, Monique L'huillier, Oscar de la Renta, Peter Langer, Pronovias, and Reem Acra.
Mr. Scheer has studied conservation science and care of museum collections at the Smithsonian Institution's Conservation Analytical Laboratory, the Art Institute of Chicago, The Textile Conservation Laboratory at The Cathedral of Saint John The Divine in New York, and the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation.
Mr. Scheer has contributed his expertise in conservation cleaning treatments to collections exhibited at, among many, the Musee des arts decoratifs at the Louvre in Paris and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Mr. Scheer is regularly asked to speak to art conservators as well as the general public on issues related to conservation cleaning methodologies and wedding gown preservation. He has spoken at the Cooper Hewitt Museum of American Design in New York on behalf of the Textile Conservation Group, and to conservators at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. Mr. Scheer has been guest lecturer at the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and at Vassar College.
He co-authored a paper on conservation cleaning treatments with Kathleen Kiefer, Visiting Textile Conservator at the Peabody Museum at Harvard University, which was presented at the North American Textile Conservation Conference in March of 2000 and published in the conference journal.
J. Scheer & Co. serves as conservation cleaning consultant to the Tapestry Conservation Laboratory at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, and is recommended by fine couture bridal salons such as The Bridal Atelier by Mark Ingram in New York, Marina Morrison in San Francisco, Carine's Bridal Atelier in Washington D.C., and Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and Beverly Hills.
Mr. Scheer is a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, the Costume Society of America, the International Fabricare Institute, and Fashion Group International.