Vintage Bridal Gowns require a little extra TLC.
When is vintage not in? Especially, when it comes to vintage bridal gowns. It doesn’t matter what state you reside in or what age you are. Whether it is a family heirloom or a great find, vintage bridal gowns appeal to many of us. It is why many designers such as Jenny Peckham give their ‘new’ designs such a retro feel. Simply put, classic designs are just always “in”.
Even a modern wedding gown requires a certain level of extra attention. After all, these treasured dresses often are created in luxe fabrics and with extraordinary detail. A vintage garment may have been cleaned many years ago (and sometimes even ‘preserved’) but they still have a tendency to become discolored. Many times, the gown yellows all over and you may also notice brown stained areas. Unfortunately, certain stains may not be able to be removed one hundred percent but they will lighten. Heirlooms also normally require what we call a ‘restoration’ or a wet cleaning. Basically, a garment will be placed in a bath with a very gentle solvent. As we take a very gentle approach, it may take a few soaks to lift discoloration to a shade we are satisfied with without distressing the fabric. If you are planning on wearing an heirloom, please figure in at least two to three weeks for the restoration process alone.
If you have a vintage gown that you are interested in possibly restoring, please feel free to call (201) 343-7333 x248 and speak with our bridal consultant. With any restoration, a gown would need to be evaluated in-person. However, please feel free to email images to firstname.lastname@example.org for an estimate. If possible, please try to include some information such as fabric(s), age of gown, and so on.