I so enjoyed my interview with Geny’s Flower & Bridal about our Wedding Gown Preservation process. Here it is:
museum quality boxes for preservation
Do you have a vintage wedding gown?
One of the best things about life at Oakwood is definitely our family of customers and hearing their special stories. We see all kinds of vintage clothing including wedding gowns. Rita came in months ago and told me about her gown which was over 40 years old. I had been waiting for her to bring it in which she did just recently.
Rita walked in on a chilly November day with the metal chest pictured above in hand. Of course I was curious as to what this was. Well, this was the chest that her mother had her wedding gown preserved in. It was wrapped in a sheet and placed in the chest. Have you ever seen anything like this before? I had not.
This was a special gown hand-made by her mother down to hand sewing every bead and pearl and piece of lace!
Rita was so proud of her wedding gown and could not say enough about the time and effort her mother spent creating this spectacular gown. She described how she took several different patterns and then added her own ideas while doing fittings with Rita for a perfect fit. Every pearl and piece of lace were sewn on by hand with love and care.
Due to the age, the delicacy of the tulle and the strength of the lace and pearls, the tulle layer has begun to deteriorate. We cannot restore the gown as is, but we talked about cleaning the lining, which was in great shape and the lace applique’s so they would be available for future use.
We at Oakwood Cleaners are so privileged to hear your stories and be able to see your vintage items. Thank you Rita for sharing this with us.
As a member of LCI (Leading Cleaners Internationale), Oakwood Cleaners was chosen to host the semi-annual couture dry cleaning conference April 2nd – 4th at the historic Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville, TN. Representatives from many of the member cleaners embarked on Nashville ready to discuss the nuances of couture dry cleaning.
We had representatives all the way from Canada, New York, Nebraska, New Orleans and California!
A trip to Oakwood’s plant in Hermitage, Tennessee led to a great discussion and shared ideas by all during the next 2 days of activities.
One of the highlights of the conference was our guest speaker Nashville resident and businessman Tom Negri.
His discussion of team work and immigration were inspiring and educational; 2 topics that were of great interest to all of us.
A great time was had by all, including evenings on Broadway visiting music venues, great food and ending at the Grand Ole Opry with some that stayed over.
For more information on Oakwood Cleaners and Leading Cleaners Internationale please visit: www.OakwoodCleaners.com and www.leadingcleaners.com
The Association of Wedding Gown Specialists Convention a few weeks ago
proved to be so helpful. Not only did we learn how we can help you, the bride, take care of your precious memories but we were presented with a piece of history that had been preserved since the 1800’s! Can you imagine finding a wedding gown from your ancestors in almost perfect condition? Well, think of your family and how they will feel when they get to experience your special day when you show them your dress? Bring your dress in for a consultation and let us help you restore your memories.
It was December of 1978. I was a bubbly 22 year old in what I thought back then was the most perfect wedding dress I could ever have! It is now September 2011 and WOW,wedding dresses have definately changed!
My husband Alan and I became the proud owners of this wonderful dry cleaners in April, 2011, almost 33 years later. We, Oakwood Cleaners, specialize in wedding gown alterations, cleaning and preservation. Like most brides, I had my gown preserved and never paid attention to it again. Well, I thought, since this is what I do now, I should open that huge box stored in my daughters closest. Oh my!!!!!
Stay posted for the continuation of “My Wedding Dress Saga”