Caring For Haute Couture

Caring For Haute Couture

Nothing is as comfortable as a piece of clothing hand-crafted of the finest materials, custom-designed to your specifications and tailored to fit you exactly. That’s haute couture, with prices that typically start in the thousands.

That price alone is justification for having your couture dry cleaned at an establishment that’s experienced with the particular materials and construction involved. There’s simply no other way to handle the fine materials, stitching, and embellishments on a garment made just for you. Fine furs and leather should be taken to a furrier for yearly cleanings; suede can usually be brushed with a suede brush.Continue reading

Restoring Vintage Couture

Restoring Vintage Couture

Vintage couture was made during a time when women expected to keep — and wear — the same clothing over and over. So the dress lasts but, depending on how it’s been cared for over the years, its looks might not hold up quite as well.

If you have a piece of vintage couture that looks like it needs a good restorative treatment, stop and think before you wash! If it’s old enough to be a real collector’s item or still has its tags, you might be better off not risking the potential damage of a cleaning gone wrong.

If your priceless, custom-made garment really does need to be cleaned and restored, the absolute safest method is to send it to an expert cleaner that specializes in vintage couture. They have the best chance of correctly identifying the materials used in your couture and handling them properly with respect to their age. (The handling characteristics of some materials change over time.)Continue reading