(Closed) Shadow Box vs Garment Bag

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The dress could discolor if it isn’t preserved and wrapped in acid free tissue and a box. 


Post # 4
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

From what I recall from the preservation part of my collections management classes and from the registrar list-serve:

– the best thing for dresses is to lay them flat to preserve/not stress the stitching

– you can hang them but if it’s heavy it’s best not to, or if it has a lot of delicate beadwork (if it made it through a washer then you might be fine!) I would use a padded hanger and maybe stitch in additional ribbon-hangers to distribute the weight of the dress if you cannot use the shoulders for support and even then.

– if you do choose to fold it, cushion the rolled folds with pads of acid-free paper to prevent creases from forming (can’t recall if it matters if it’s buffered)

– do change the position of the dress (refold it like jeannine said)

– cedar blocks will discolor the dress if in direct contact. Wrapping them in undyed cotton may help this problem

My mom had her poly-somethingoranother dress in the mid 80s “preserved” in a box (from what I can tell they stuff blue tissue paper around the dress and duct taped the box closed) and we pulled it out and it didn’t discolor that much. A little yellowing but that’s to be expected from almost any fiber.

That being said, I’m probably going to keep mine hanging on padded hangers after the wedding until I decide what to do with them permanently.

Post # 5
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@pfinarffle: Yep, they’re acid free and they get sealed.  Also keep in mind that light hitting the dress through the window will discolor just the portion of the dress that is exposed.


My mother just hung her wedding gown in a garmet bag and within 10 years, the train was yellowed. 

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