Post # 1
This might seem like a silly question, so pardon my ignorance! Is there anything that you need to do to a wedding gown that has been preserved before wearing it? I plan on doing major alterations to the dress that I’m interested in, so to offset the cost, I was thinking about buying one that had been previously worn. I found one in my size, but it’s been preserved. Aside from steaming it (and I’d probably have it cleaned again at a non-perc dry cleaner), is there anything else special that I need to do?
Post # 3
@Jillybelle: Nope. I have a dress that has been professionally preserved. Aside from some serious steaming (its been folded in a box for at least a year, and will stay there for the next year and a half till I start alterations) all I need to get done is get it altered. When they preserve a dress they are basically just cleaning it. The preservation cleaning methods eliminate oils that could discolor the dress over time, but there isn’t any residue left behind or anything like that. I guess technically I had the take the tissue out (they put layers of tissue in the dress to help it keep its shape) but that took like half a second. I would not get it cleaned again, thats just a waste of money (it should arrive as clean as it will get). Just get it steamed.