Before and After

Mary Anne’s 1870’s Vintage Wedding Dress Restoration

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Before and After, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration | 0 comments

Mary Anne’s 1870’s Vintage Wedding Dress Restoration

Mary Anne brought this very old and very fragile wedding gown to us to restore.  What a treasure for her to own this 1870’s vintage brocade and peau de soie wedding dress with lace cuffs. This tiny gown also had pleats and lace at hemline.  It had yellowed significantly and was in fair condition. However, it was in amazing condition considering it’s age. We set up Heritage Couture™ treatment for the vintage wedding gown which included several hours to hand baste the pleats and remove boning before careful hand cleaning and whitening. The lace at the sleeves and neckline was...

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Kyle’s Elegant and Whimsical Wedding Dress

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Before and After, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Kyle’s Elegant and Whimsical Wedding Dress

By Kyle Ewing I bought my dress at Kleinfeld’s in New York. It is a Pnina Tornai and I knew as soon as I put it on that it was perfect for me. I was going for the vibe of “elegant whimsy” for my wedding. I wanted everything to be beautiful and elegant, but mostly I wanted it to be fun and approachable. One of my best friends told me (after I had tried on close to 100 dresses at a half dozen galleries- many of which I liked a lot, but none of which I loved) that it was less about how I looked in the dress and more about how I *felt* in the dress. It didn’t hit me until...

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Mackenzie’s Customized Vera Wang Wedding Gown

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Before and After, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Mackenzie’s Customized Vera Wang Wedding Gown

Mackenzie Killion wore this beautiful lace and organza wedding dress for her wedding. It was purchased at Vera Wang San Francisco. Mackenzie had the dress customized by adding lace removable sleeves to wear during the ceremony and cocktail hour. The sleeves were taken off during dinner and dancing. The results were spectacular. Wedding Dress Preservation Mackenzie had a beautiful outdoor wedding and her hemline showed it. Fortunately, she ordered our Heritage Couture™ wedding dress preservation service which includes repairs as well as thorough hand cleaning and...

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Vera Wang Transformation: Before and After

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Restoration | 0 comments

Vera Wang Transformation: Before and After

  This beautiful silk and lace Vera Wang Luxe is the perfect wedding dress for the beautiful and dainty bride. Unfortunately, after a long wedding day and a dry cleaning attempt gone wrong (oh no!!), this beautiful dress was looking a little worse for wear.  The delicate gown suffered from makeup stains, sweat stains, and a severely dirty hemline (with who knows what on it!) when it arrived at Heritage Garment Preservation. But it was no match for our hand-cleaning treatment! BEFORE AFTER The delicate fabrics that made up the Vera Wang wedding dress were in good hands at...

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107-Year-Old Dress Comes Back to Life!

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Before and After, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

107-Year-Old Dress Comes Back to Life!

We loved learning about the unique history of Cathy L.’s dress as we restored it for her. We hope bringing the dress itself back to life brings its history back with it. Thanks, Cathy! Viola May Howard wore this dress on her wedding day to Joseph Des Lauriers in the year 1910. Viola’s dress during restoration Viola’s daughter Rosa wore the same dress on her wedding day to Thomas Logan in June 1944. The dress was restored to the same condition it was in the first time it was worn — in 1910! Viola’s daughter Marcia also wore it on her wedding day to...

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Embellished Wedding Gown Restoration

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration | 3 comments

Embellished Wedding Gown Restoration

It’s so rewarding to see already-beautiful gowns transform during our cleaning and preservation products. These gowns obviously have special memories to go with them if the owners are taking the time to clean and preserve them for future generations to keep or wear again. Before Wedding Dress Restoration This white satin wedding dress with lace and pearl embellishments was in surprisingly good condition considering its age– however the mildly dirty hemline and yellow spots on the front kept it from truly shining the way it used to. Upon closer inspection to the hem of the dress...

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Vintage or just old? Before and after

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Heirloom Garments, Preservation Products, Vintage Weddings, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration | Comments Off on Vintage or just old? Before and after

Vintage or just old? Before and after

When this bride slipped on her sparkling, ornamented gown, we’re sure she knew her wedding day would be one to remember. What she might not have known is that her wedding dress, white, shining, and perfect as it was on the day of her wedding, would not be the same after the festivities or years later. When her dress arrived at HGP, it was wrinkled, yellowed, stained, and just felt old. While vintage is all the rage, no one wants their dress to have a vintage smell! 🙂 The intricate beading was barely holding on, half of the dress was yellowed, and the stains were hard to...

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Before and After – Our Process

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, Wedding Gown Care, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Restoration | 0 comments

Before and After – Our Process

This “before-and-after” gives you a behind-the-scenes perspective into our wedding dress cleaning process. Follow along with the steps we take and watch this dress become beautiful again! Our wedding dress cleaning and preservation process Your wedding gown will be carefully inspected and an individualized treatment plan will be determined based on your wedding gown fabric, trims and style. Our goal is to return your gown to perfect condition. Our wedding gown care experts will determine the best method of cleaning for your gown to protect it from damage while still getting the...

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Before and After: From Pumpkin to…

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Before and After, Garment Rescue, Heirloom Garment Restoration, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Restoration | 0 comments

Before and After: From Pumpkin to…

If you need to be convinced to restore your wedding gown, look no further than our amazing before and after dress transformations. Some of the dresses seriously go from rags, to, well, this:   This dress transformation is certainly no exception! Pre-Transformation, everything about this dress is sort of “ho-hum.” There’s nothing that stands out despite the dress obviously being a very old, vintage piece that needs to be preserved. Unfortunately, time has taken its toll– but is it too late?   After Heritage Garment Preservation was able to work its...

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HGP Cleans Up Best on Good Morning America

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016 in Before and After, Wedding Gown Cleaning | 0 comments

HGP Cleans Up Best on Good Morning America

A phone call from a customer alerted us to a Good Morning America program in which two wedding dresses that we had cleaned were spotlighted. The first was a very full, Maggie Sottero satin wedding gown we cleaned and preserved in June. The second wedding dress was a white badly stained gown we treated in August. Maggie Sottero Wedding gown Cleaning The beige Maggie Sottero wedding dress was brought in by Deborah’s husband, Jason. We love it when a husband orders wedding dress cleaning and preservation for his wife’s wedding gown! What a great way to show love. We were...

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