Wedding Gown Preservation

Learn the details about excellent wedding gown preservation in our blog posts…

Diana’s Wedding Dress is Perfect

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Diana’s Wedding Dress is Perfect

Diana O. absolutely loved her wedding dress which she wore for her wedding in Flushing, New York on September 17, 2016. Diana found her Oleg Cassini, very full wedding gown at David’s Bridal.  Cream colored organza with layers of tulle ruffles and lace over satin make this wedding gown fun and fluffy, and perfect for a celebration! Diana’s Wedding Dress Preservation When we received Diana’s wedding dress it was in fairly good condition. The hemline was a bit dirty and we found a small hole in one of the layers of tulle. Tulle fabric is quite frail and most tulle...

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Exquisite 1930s Vintage Wedding Dress Replica

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in General, Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Exquisite 1930s Vintage Wedding Dress Replica

By Toni Urban My dress was a replica of a vintage 1930s gown that I was enamored with, but was too stained and fragile to be worn (see picture at bottom of page.) Now that I look back, maybe I just should have sent it to your team for restoration! I took a few photos to Rebecca Schoneveld, a bridal designer based out of Brooklyn, NY, as she already had a few beautiful bias-cut silk dresses in her collection and I knew she and her team would do an incredible job.  And you can see she really did; she also added a train, and buttons down the back, for the perfect 1930’s...

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Carissa’s Love at First Try On Wedding Gown

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Carissa’s Love at First Try On Wedding Gown

By Carissa Scholin My name is Carissa Scholin, formerly known as Cabello. I was married to my husband Jonathon Scholin on September 17, 2016 at The Grand Piazza in Chicago, IL. We purchased my dress from Dimitra’s Bridal Couture in Chicago (1009 N Rush St). The designer is YSA Makino. My mother purchased the dress for me. I originally had never wanted to wear a strapless dress and then I found this beautiful gown and became in love! I tried it on and instantly knew it was the one. Carissa’s Wedding Dress Preservation Carissa’s wedding gown is made of a pale peach...

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Wedding Dress Preservation Conservator Interview

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in General, Wedding Gown Preservation | 0 comments

Wedding Dress Preservation Conservator Interview

Do you have questions about wedding dress preservation? Such as what is the proper way to store your wedding gown? What is better for wedding dress preservation, tissue or muslin wrapping? Which box is better, buffered or unbuffered for wedding gown preservation? Does cedar offer any protection for textiles? What in the world is lignin anyway? We recently asked some these questions to Margaret Geiss-Mooney, our expert textile conservator. She is the textile expert that assists us when we have questions and to ensure that our treatments and preservation materials are all museum quality. Here...

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Wow! Catie Transforms Mom’s Wedding Dress

Posted by on Nov 4, 2017 in General, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 1 comment

Wow! Catie Transforms Mom’s Wedding Dress

By Karen B. I was the first person to wear this wedding dress. I purchased it in Virginia in 1985 for my wedding in August of that year. The veil was a family heirloom and was 100 years old at that time. I tried to match the color and the lace of the veil when I selected my wedding gown. My daughter Catie M. 30 years later decided to re-purpose my wedding dress for her wedding in September 2015. We had the dress completely taken apart and reassembled in a more modern silhouette. We were lucky to work with a talented seamstress who could execute my daughters vision....

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Perfect Wedding Dress Found on Birthday

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Perfect Wedding Dress Found on Birthday

By Julia Warren I found this dress on the very first day I went dress shopping, in San Francisco, which happened to be only two days after I got engaged and my birthday. After trying on about five dresses, I tried what would become my dress on and it just felt like the ‘one’. It fit me like a glove, the lace was stunning, it had covered buttons and was timeless-everything I wanted…it was truly perfect! However, since it was the first time I was trying on wedding dresses I thought it might be too soon to make my decision. Therefore, I went home waited a several weeks and...

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Talley’s Heirloom To Be Wedding Dress

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Talley’s Heirloom To Be Wedding Dress

By Talley Philpy My story is a little different; I had a not-so-great experience shopping for a wedding gown at a storefront, so I decided to buy my bridal ensemble off of eBay. I bought the gown from a consignor, so I don’t know the original owner but believe the gown dates back to the early 1990s. I also bought my wedding veil of princess lace on eBay from a lace collector. The veil is from Bergdorf Goodman. The seller didn’t know its age but estimated that it’s about 50-60 years old. So, these items are not family heirlooms that I inherited, but they will be family...

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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 | 2 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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Perfect Wedding Dress Found in the Big Apple

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Wedding Gown Cleaning, Wedding Gown Preservation, Wedding Gown Stories | 0 comments

Perfect Wedding Dress Found in the Big Apple

By Stephanie Perez I wore this gown on May 6th, 2017 in Ventura, California. We had an outdoor beach ceremony. When I first started dress shopping I was actually looking for a simple flowy dress but didn’t have much luck. I took a road trip to visit my friend in New York City and she suggested we do some gown shopping there. We went to RK Bridal and the week before I had been searching online to see which dresses I wanted to try on. It was a huge warehouse and since we were going on Saturday we needed to be prepared. Anyways I saw this dress online and loved it. It was the first...

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