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The cleaning and restoration of a 1960's 3 piece wedding dress

Our client is the daughter of a former Ms. America. Her mother married within a few months of winning her crown in the early sixties.

While rummaging through her mother's garage she came upon her wedding dress stuffed into a dirty, cardboard box.

In honor of her mother's 50th anniversary our client decided to restore and archivally preserve her mother's 3 piece wedding ensemble consisting of a dress, long vail and short veil. The dress was made by Vene and the two veils by Priscilla of Boston.

To say that this dress was in poor condition is an understatement (one of the worst I've seen in 20 years): caramalized sugar stains, rust, heavily water stained, and heavily soiled.

We took about 2 months to complete the restoration. The before and after photos are displayed below:

1960s wedding dress waist stain

1960s wedding dress front before 1960s wedding dress front stain before
1960s wedding dress back2 stain before 1960s wedding dress back stain before
1960s stain before 1960s wedding dress back before7
1960 wedding dress front after 1960s wedding dress front after

1960s wedding dress back unzipped after

1960s veil before

1960s long veil before2 1960 long veil before3
1960s long veil after1 1960s short veil2 after

1960s short veil after3

 

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