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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Caring for your Wedding Gown

One of my favorite television shows was Sex in the City, mostly because my boring life paled in comparison to these hip, cool New York women, and so I simply watched and lived vicariously through them.  Alas, all good things must come to an end ….. Until they made a movie, and I got to sit in the theatre and finally see Carrie and Big get married.  I knew all along that they were meant to be together.

Likely you’ve seen the movie too, so you know that the dress she initially chose was a no-label silk dress that she found at a vintage shop, but a Vogue photo shoot threw her off track, she wound up wearing an over-the-top designer dress, and then a big mess ensued.  Long story short, she eventually marries Big in that no-label vintage silk dress, and that’s the dress I want to focus on today.

To be considered a vintage dress, a dress needs to be made anywhere from 1920 – 1995.  If a garment is made before 1920, then it is considered antique, and if a garment is relatively new and imitates the style of a previous era, it is considered retro.  While there are so many beautiful brand-new gowns out there today, many brides are choosing to marry in a previously-worn gown, whether it is a pre-owned gown they simply love or a gown that someone special to them previously wore.  The bottom line is wedding gowns, especially those that have some time on them, need proper care or otherwise they might not be in the right condition to share.  Here are some tips to ensure your gown is in great shape for your big day as well as for someone special that might want to wear it down the road.

  • Always hang your gown by the loops inside the gown to keep it from stretching or sagging.
  • Know the fabric your gown is made from.  This is important because a spill on artificial fiber is easier to remove than a spill on a silk gown.
  • Be prepared on your big day – do you hair and makeup before putting on your gown to avoid a mishap; keep safety pins on hand to help with a loose hem or broken strap; and camouflage any spots with something white and harmless like baking soda or baby powder.
  • Have your gown cleaned and preserved as soon as possible after your wedding day.  Be sure to inspect your gown before the cleaner puts it into the preservation container.  Make sure the container is acid-free and is lined with either fabric or acid-free tissue paper.
  • Don’t store your gown in a plastic bag or a vacuum-sealed container.  First, plastic emits fumes that can cause your dress to yellow, and second, plastic can trap moister which leads to mildew.
  • Store your gown in a cool, dry place that isn’t subject to extreme temperature changes or humidity. 
If you have questions or concerns about wedding gown care, please stop by one of our locations and speak with the manager.  Whether your wedding gown is vintage or brand new, it’s likely the most important dress you’ll ever own.  Be sure to give it the proper care it deserves so it looks just as stunning as it did the day you walked down the aisle.   

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