Sometimes it seems Classic Cleaners specializes in stories. With wedding gown cleaning and preservation a specialty of ours, we feel as if we’ve been part of the “wedding party” for many brides, both before and after their big event.
Quite often, as members of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, Classic Cleaners professionals have helped preserve bridal gowns for daughters and even granddaughters to wear. Rarely, though, have we come across a story with as many chapters as the one about the dress owned by “Magee” (Margaret) Land.
It all started in February, 1977 at the New Orleans Mardi Gras debutante ball, when The Dress was worn for the first time by Magee, then a college junior, as one of the princesses at the Ball. Mardi Gras princesses, according to tradition, were escorted by masked gentlemen; Magee’s escort was her uncle. Her date: Casey Land from Danville, Indiana.
Two years later, on January 6, 1979, The Dress made its second appearance. Remade with an overlay by Juliette
Coutures of New Orleans, this time Magee wore it as her wedding gown, beautiful bride of Michael Casey Land.
Fast forward to New Year’s eve, 2010. The Lands now have two beautiful daughters, Tara and Meagan, and son Hunter. Meagan is being married in The Dress, altered by
Joyce Hittesdorf of Something Wonderful and restored to pristine white by Leon Neal of Classic Cleaners.
Chapters IV, V, and ?:
Future plans for The Dress include daughter Tara and Hunter’s girlfriend Anna. From there, who knows?
The ongoing story of The Dress has been made possible through MuseumCare™ preservation, the advanced process used by Classic Cleaners, and the only one endorsed by the Association of Bridal Consultants.
by Reb of the Classic Cleaners blog team