As preservation specialists, we are trained in the art of textile conservation. Our work begins with a complete inspection and testing of your dress, because just as every bride is unique, so is every wedding dress. We take measurements, analyse fabrics, dyes, and weaves, and note ornaments and their composition. Our detailed notes determine which preservation techniques and cleaning methods are the best for your dress, so that fabrics retain their shape and do not discolour, and embellishments (beads, sequins, and other trimmings) remain affixed.
This thorough evaluation leads us to design a treatment plan specifically for your gown. We understand that during your wedding you were focused on a variety of important things – not what might have spilled on your dress. Our sophisticated testing techniques allow us to identify stains and spills – even those you can’t see. We identify and treat the stains individually before cleaning. If left untreated, sugar stains (like those caused by champagne) and chloride salts (perspiration) will oxidize over time and appear as brown spots months or even years later. This causes irreversible fabric deterioration. We can eliminate these stains without causing harm to any fibers.
Although dry cleaning is an appropriate method for cleaning most natural fibers, some dyes and finishes can dissolve in standard solvents. Beads and buttons made of certain plastics can discolour in the same solutions. Care labels are often misleading or erroneous. Aqueous, or water-based, solutions can cause some dress fabrics or linings to shrink. Sequins that have a gelatin base will dissolve when immersed in water. Our in-depth and extensive tests allow us to design a plan specifically to accommodate the needs of each fragile garment we care for; we use only the cleaning treatment that is best for your gown. Because we carefully identify the composition of all materials before treatment, we eliminate the risk of damage during the cleaning process.
After cleaning and preservation, the most important step for your gown is packing it properly so you can store it for months, years, or decades. We fold your dress carefully to avoid damage caused by excessive creasing and use the finest archival materials available to support and protect your gown.
Our Wedding Gown service includes care of:
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