Cleaning, Preservation, Restoration – Campbell, San Jose, & Bay Area
In The Press & Media
By Recommendation Only Eighth Edition 2001, page 36“National Gown Cleaners and Christine‘s business philosophy is integrity and honesty. Both are recommended by many garment manufactors and bridal salons, and have been featured in many magazines and newspapers. Christine’s goal is to educate the consumer, while not inexpensive, clients value the detailed process of preserving a gown.”
The Wedding Sourcebook Planner
By Madeline Barillo Pages 341-342“Never store the gown in a plastic bag after wearing, because plastics decompose, giving off fumes that cause rapid oxidation of the textile and deposit acidic residues on the fabric,” explains Christine Morrissey, president of National Gown Cleaners, a gown cleaning and preservation company based in San Jose, California. The company offers gown cleaning and textile conservation services as well as archival quality preservation supplies like acid-free tissue paper and special storage boxes.
April May 1999, page 41“Our expert source, National Gown Cleaners came highly recommended by several area salons. They preserve and clean bridal gowns for people around the world. They promised to give Kecia’a dress tender loving care.”
Jewish Exponent, Pennsylvania
January 25, 2001, page 6“Beads should be secured and sewn on before cleaning. Glued on beads soften in Perchlorethylene (a common solvent used by normal cleaners) and lose their finish; some actually dissolve. Cleaners using Stoddard solvents often have a better chance in cleaning without any damage to beads or fancy embellishments. Before cleaning your gown you should have the beads tested by the cleaner.”
June/July 1993, page 26“Experts at National Gown Cleaners, a gown cleaning and preservation service based in san Jose, California, recommend that brides place their gown in a garment bag preferably muslin, as soon as possible after changing into a going-away outfit to prepare the gown for cleaning and long term storage.”
Spring 2000“Christine Morrissey, President of National Gown Cleaners, advises that the boxed gown be stored away from mothballs, redwood, cedar and plastic as well. The fumes these items emit can also do damage to your gown. She goes on to recommend that the box be wrapped in a 100% cotton sheet that has been washed in hot water without detergent, bleach or softener. The sheet provides further protection from insects, dust, oil and moisture.
Winter 2001We asked the experts at National Gown Cleaners, a gown cleaning and museum quality preservation company based in San Jose, the most important do’s and don’ts of preserving a gown. The first and most important “do” is to clean the gown within 30 days of the wedding. “The longer stains sit, the harder they are to remove, creating a risk to the fabric,” explains Christie Morrissey, manager of the NGC‘s San Jose facilities.” Most problems we are hired to fix could have been prevented if noted before cleaning,” Morrissey added.
Fall/Winter 2000“If you decide that renovation is the way to go and your gown is quite old or a true antique, it’s best to have the gown examined by a professional conservator to assess what needs to be done and what can be done. Another option is to call National Gown Cleaners, a California-based operation that offers gown-cleaning and preservation services, restoration of older garments, textile search and replacement, and restyling, which includes alterations, dressmaking and pattern making.”
Los Altos Town Crier
January 13, 1999 Issue, page 26-27“Christine Morrissey, who handles gowns from all over the world, put on cotton gloves and carefully handled the precious cargo,” Gaye said. Crawford swears by National Gown Cleaners, which is “renowned for their preservation services and conservation.”
Sun Journal Sunday, Lewiston, Maine
August 1998, page 8“While handling your gown, white cotton gloves should be used to prevent oils from depositing on the gown. Oils can oxidize thus leaving a stain like appearance on the gown.” said Christine Morrissey.
July 2001, page 6On any given day, National Gown Cleaners receive shipments of garments from all over the world. The company has sales offices in Taiwan, Japan and Switzerland. “In a week, we’ll see somebody’s great grandmother’s gown, a lot of turn-of-the century things that people walk in with, a lot of brand new wedding gowns that are couture, one of a kind dress,” Christine said.
June Wedding, Inc. An association for event Professionals
April-June 2001 Newsletter“What if you refer a local cleaner and that cleaner damages the gown? What if you act as the agent and send the gown into the cleaner, mark it up to make a few dollars then, get it back damaged? Who is responsible? Who’s insured and, finally who will the bride remember when she thinks of her damaged gown?”
International Design Newsletter
July 1988“Christine Morrissey a textile conservator and the president of National Gown Cleaners with offices in the USA, Taiwan, Japan and Switzerland, suggest that when a normal dry cleaner or gown cleaner advertises “Lifetime Guarantee” be aware. Whose lifetime? In an age where it is common place to see new cleaners coming and going even a 50 year guarantee is somewhat of a stretch.”
Preserving Your Gown
By Christine Morrissey
National Gown Cleaners & Archival Products
“After the celebrations are complete, what’s a newlywed bride to do with her gown? Whether you decide to keep your beautiful gown as a keepsake for your daughter or save it for sentimental reasons, you must first have it cleaned. Your gown should be cleaned as soon as possible…..” [full article]