Understanding the delicate nature of your special garment can help you make an informed decision about the available preservation techniques.
During normal wear, skin oils and perspiration are absorbed into the fabric—wine, champagne, or other sugary beverages may have even spilled on your dress—these organic compounds will damage the fabric if they are not neutralized or removed.
We will wrap your gown in acid-free fibers before placing it in a permanently acid-free textile storage box.
The storage box needs to be kept in an appropriate area. Remember:
> Temperature and humidity levels need to be kept as constant as possible
> Avoid spaces that are close to heating or air conditioning vents, pipes, and direct sunlight.
> Open your box and inspect your gown every 2–3 years.
> Always wash your hands with a small amount of baking soda and warm water before handling this garment.
Our head preservationist studied fine art conservation at the School of Visual Arts and at New York University. We follow the same stringent guidelines adopted by world-class museums.