Restoration . . . because you love your gown!

Vintage Wedding Gown Restoration: Heirloom Wedding Gown Preservation and Vintage Wedding Gown Restoration Are Our Specialties

If the wedding gown of your dreams is a family bridal gown that time has yellowed and stained, call us! We specialize in restoring antique gowns and vintage bridal gowns to the true color without damage to delicate fabrics or dyes. We remove stains and discoloration that ordinary dry cleaners cannot, and our restorations have been featured on television and in publications around the world.

"Thank you so much, Sally. I couldn't be happier to walk down the aisle in this dress on my wedding day. I really appreciate your help making that possible!!" -NB

Enjoy the Wonderful Feeling of Wearing a Family Heirloom

Whether it is a vintage wedding gown or vintage wedding veil or one of those special gowns you or someone in your family wore as a child, we can renew it for your special day. You can trust us to give your vintage wedding gown or family wedding gown the care and attention it deserves.   

Oxidation

Exposure to air and light causes oxidation, and when fabric oxidizes, it turns yellow.  Different types of fibers oxidize at different rates of speed.  For example, cotton discolors more quickly than other fibers, but over a long period of time the different fibers may all oxidize to the same hue.  As a result, a vintage wedding gown that appears yellow or even brown throughout may, when restored, turn out to be an ivory silk gown trimmed with white cotton lace.  Still other factors that yellow gowns are excessive heat in the attic where the wintage weddng gown was stored and fumes from the plastic bag or container in which the vintage wedding gown was stored.  Dry cleaning does not remove oxidation, but our restoration process does, and we can return a vintage wedding gown to the true color--whether it is white or ivory.  Oxidation is not as evident in colored fabric, but it, too, oxidizes, and colors may also be restored.  

Carmelized Sugar Stains

Brides who bring us yellowed and stained vintage wedding gowns.often think the original bride spilled coffee on her wedding dress and that the wedding gown was never cleaned or the cleaner failed to remove the stains.  These dark brown stains are actually caramelized sugar stains.  Years ago--and even today--cleaners did not realize sugar does not dissolve in dry cleaning solvent.  The wedding gowns they processed looked clean, but the sugar content in the stain was still there.  The sugar content in these latent stains turns yellow and eventually dark brown.  Much like oxidation, dry cleaning does not remove caramelized sugar stains, but our restoration process does..    

Free Consultations

There is never any charge to consult with us about caring for your vintage wedding gown and other vintage clothing. We can offer you ideas for redesigning the family wedding gown for today's bride, suggest ways to turn your wedding gown into a christening gown, or help you with special projects such as displaying a family wedding gown at a reception or anniversary celebration.
 

 

vintage gown restoration

As seen in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Perfect Wedding: Antique wedding gown and slip, c.1900, hand-embroidered cotton and cotton lace. Both wedding gown and slip were badly oxidized, but the slip at right has been restored with our MuseumCare™ process.

vintage wedding gown restoration

Three vintage silk organza wedding gowns from the 1980s. Wedding gown in the background is badly discolored due to age and improper storage. Bridal gown at lower left made from same type of fabric has been restored with our MuseumCare™ process and altered for today’s bride. Bridal gown at lower right did not need color restoration but has been restyled.

Sally restoring a dress from 1911

vintage wedding gown restoration

“What a special day you made possible! I never thought I would be able to wear my grandmother’s wedding dress. When my mom and I walked in your door and you told me it was possible, I was amazed. It was like magic. It restored beautifully, and the day was everything I dreamed! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”

- Shara Korn Feldman

Call 800-950-6482 today for an appointment or e-mail info@gownrestoration.com. Never a charge for consultations

 

 

vintage tiara crown headpiece restoration

“Everything was perfect. Thank you so much for the beautiful restoration. No one could get over the fact that it was my mom’s headpiece, or that it had been so stunningly restored.”

- Tory Talbot