Post # 1
So I bought a dress at yesterday’s Running of the Brides – but I’m not getting married until October 2010. It came in a plastic thingy that I think might ruin the dress – how should I store it for the next 1.5 years? I’m thinking paper box with acid free tissue paper because I read hanging can damage it – but wouldn’t hanging take years to damage it???
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Post # 4
Thanks – I went with a natural canvas bag from the container store.
Post # 5
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:
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
- 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.