Thursday, July 3, 2008
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Last March I bought in my mother’s 67-year-old wedding gown to your Newport Beach store. They sent it to your La Jolla store to be cleaned and conservatively restored. It was to be worn by the bride’s granddaughter, (my daughter) at a wedding gown fashion show during which we wished to honor my mother for her 90th birthday. I want to thank you for doing such a wonderful job with the dress. My mother was delighted to see how you had improved her dress, which she had literally done nothing to preserve since 1941.
One of the pictures here is of my mother, Joyce, in the blue dress, now 90 years old with her granddaughter, Jamie, who is wearing the gown you restored so beautifully. (The little girl is Jamie’s daughter, Naomi.)
Again, my entire family thanks you for making such a wonderful memory possible for all of us and especially for my deserving mother.
Ann B., Tustin, California
This gown was incorrectly preserved by another cleaner in the past. The box used for preservation was the outdated type with a plastic window. It had invisible stains when it was originally process, which oxidized or caramelized over time to cause all the dark yellow stains you see here.
As you can see below the gown brightened up a great deal and most of the stains were completely removed. Now it's on it's way to a proper preservation, which is why the buttons have been removed.