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Wedding Gown Preservation


Wedding Gown Preservation

A wedding gown can serve as a heirloom to pass on to one's daughter when she marries one day. It is the "something old" that a mother can bequeath to her child as she exchanges "I dos" with her groom. To preserve a wedding gown there are many factors to consider.

One of, if not the most, important factors in wedding gown preservation is the environment in which your wedding gown will be stored. All materials that may come in contact with your wedding gown must be acid-free. Archival products for wedding gowns, such as textile, hat and veil storage boxes, are specifically designed to provide a stable environment for your gown and its accessories. Archival products are manufactured without acidic content in them that can deteriorate your wedding gown's condition over time.

After your wedding day, it is highly recommended that you dry clean all garments as soon as possible. The longer you delay, the more difficult it is to get the stains out of your wedding gown's fabric. It's better if you have your wedding gown cleaned by a gown preservationist.

Proper wedding gown management would require periodic access to the material in order to inspect and adjust the garment. Therefore, your wedding gown should be in an easy-to-open storage box or muslin garment bags to perform these functions. Proper folding of the wedding gown, using archival buffered or un-buffered tissue is necessary to make certain that the major folds are protected.

Wedding gowns also need to have good air circulation in order to age evenly and avoid moisture buildup, which can lead to mildew and ruin the gown.

Some companies promote sealed containers as a method of preservation. However, sealing the container makes it difficult or impossible to inspect the garment. Worse yet, plastic windows found in sealed containers often give off gases that may accelerate your wedding gown's deterioration. Sealed containers can often trap moisture inside allowing mildew to grow. They also restrict air circulation, which can lead to uneven aging of the wedding gown. This "preservation" method does not offer a reliable long-term environment for your wedding gown.

You can request to have your headpiece be packaged separately. The glue, metal and rubber parts found in many headpieces can brown or stain your wedding gown. For this same reason, you should remove any bust or shoulder pads attached to your wedding gown. There are archival products (a veil or hat box) produced specifically for this purpose.

Store your wedding gown in an area with relatively even temperature and low humidity. DO NOT store your gown in a basement or attic. A cedar chest may be a safe place to keep your wedding gown. Do not hang your gown from hangers. It should be folded flat.

For more information wedding gown preservation, you can visit the National Gown Cleaners website at http://www.nationalgown.com/index.htm. National Gown Cleaners has been providing cleaning, preservation and restoration services to textile conservators since 1942. In 1978, the company started offering its services and archival products to the public.



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