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Preserving a tradition

Monday, February 26, 2001

You just never know when somebody's going to need that wedding gown. Here's how to make it last

Who will be the next to wear your wedding gown? Most brides today want to preserve their dress as a keepsake, perhaps for their own daughter to wear on her wedding day.

In some cases, they may last generations. The Buena Vista County Historical Society Museum built a wedding exhibit with gowns dating back a century and more.

There are many steps a bride should take in properly packaging her special gown, according to cleaning industry experts.

Unfortunately, no process or storage method can guarantee against yellowing or possible deterioration of fabrics. There are however several ways to protect the garment.

"The best way for preserving the gowns are to have them boxed in an acid-free cardboard box," said Diane Julius, co-owner of Julius Cleaners in Storm Lake. "Many brides are sentimental about their dresses and want to prevent any damage to them."

A woman's wedding gown is one of her most precious possessions. It is a symbol of an important event in her life and should be treated with care, Julius said.

Gowns should be treated for preservation as soon as possible after the wedding before stains and sugar begin to caramelize. However, even if its been years since your wedding, steps can still be taken to better preserve the gown for a daughter, niece or friend to use - or just to keep your memories looking fresh.

Gowns should not be kept in a plastic bag because the plastic emits fumes that yellow the gown.

Read the rest of this article in the 2/24 Pilot Tribune.

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