(Closed) How to store a dress for a year and a half before the wedding.

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 5
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Wannabee

i actually work in museums, and worked with a collection of acient chinese silk for a number of years, particularly in the storage of these textiles, some of which were priceless.  the answer could get really scientific, but my suggestions would be as follow:

-store it in a natural cotton bag (neither dyed or bleached), flat if possible.

-museums hang things on padded hangers mostly for space, however the best possible way to store something is flat.  

-if flat is not an option, pad out folds with tissue (always suggest acid-free, but really, unless you get something from a really strange batch of tissue, the amount of time you’re storing it for won’t cause serious deterioration.)

 -you may end up with creases.  this is not the end of the world, as your dress can be safely pressed or steamed.  if you hang it for that length of time, you may end up with pulls–they would not be easily fixed!  

the biggest concern is:

1-avoiding pulls

2-avoiding light damage/discolouration

3-keeping it safe from pests/humidity

really, though, it’s not THAT long, so long as you treat it well!

congrats on finding your dress so early!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

When I was toying with buying a sample, I was going to have the same situation. The advice I got was: store it in a canvas bag, inside a garment box, preferably under your bed (as long as you don’t have kitties). Hanging is to be avoided.

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