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The Life and Culture/Fashion section of the Wall Street Journal
published an interesting article on March 28, 2010.
In an article entitled "
Spring Cleaning Your Wardrobe: What to Save", fashion
journalist Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan reminded readers that the far reaches
of their closets offered interesting and cost effective
opportunities to return long-loved but long-forgotten garments to
More specifically, Ms. Tan posited the idea that past season
designer garments could be coupled with current season accessories,
thereby repositioning those past season garments for spring and
A perfect example of this repositioning strategy was
demonstrated to us a few weeks ago.
A client brought in a two piece Celine skirt suit from the early
1990's that had been gathering dust in her closet of past season
The white cotton, past season two piece suit, which still fitted
her perfectly, was surface printed with a black animal print. In
addition, the cotton fabric had been heat pleated prior to the
construction of the garment so as to impart an unusual "wavy
The client was excited about the possibilities of resuscitating
the suit for the spring, especially given the fact that animal,
floral and abstract prints are trendy for spring 2012.
The big question was as follows: could we restore the suit to
"like new condition"?
The suit presented a number of problems:
We asked the client to leave the suit with us for about two
weeks and told her we would call her upon completion of the
The following before and after photos reflect the
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