Experts Restore & Redesign Vintage Wedding Gown from 1854

Located in the trendy art district of the Loring Park Neighborhood of Minneapolis is a new, vintage-inspired bridal salon that has been growing rapidly through word-of-mouth.  Their latest project? A vintage wedding gown from Scotland in 1854 that has been worn in 3 weddings, and was re-designed to fit a different body type each time!  They were given the task of re-creating the original dress’ form – from a single image!

The gown was originally created around Glasgow, Scotland and first worn in 1854 by Janet Turnbull when she married Matthew Bogle near Shettleson, a suburb of Glasgow.  It is a cream-colored silk gown with a deep royal blue floral pattern (the tradition of solid white wedding gowns wouldn’t catch on until much later).  It was then worn again in 1937 by Christina Bogle on her wedding day. At that time the dress was already at least 83 years old!  There were a few small additions to the gown and a few pieces of fabric were added to the dress and hand-sewn lace was attached to the cuffs and collar.  It was then worn again in the 1970’s, and was cut apart and altered to fit the style of the time.  Our TGR Specialists were able to look at the first image of the dress (in black and white) and re-create the original sizing, pattern, and embellishments!  The dress was first cleaned and restored by Treasured Garment Restoration’s award-winning specialty and vintage cleaner, Duane Schumann in Stillwater, MN.

The gown has recently been prepared for inspection by the family, and they are looking forward to seeing the gown and witnessing a small bit of their own history.  The family will be inspecting the gown at Treasured Garment Restoration’s location in Stillwater on July 15th at 10am before it is wrapped and preserved for generations to come!

Photos below are of the gown as worn by Christina J Bogle in the early 1900’s, and of the gown cleaned, restored, and finally altered.

Christine J Bogle and Her Father (early 1900s)

Christine J Bogle and Her Father (early 1900s)

Wedding of Curt A. Olson & Christina J Bogle (c 1937)

Wedding of Curt A. Olson & Christina J Bogle (c 1937)

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Christina J Bogle wearing the gown in early 1900s

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The vintage wedding gown after it’s restoration.

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1854 Vintage Wedding Gown after Restoration and Alterations

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10 Things to Do After You’ve Found “The One” Dress

10 things to do after buying Wedding Dress

Just because you’ve found “the one” doesn’t mean that your gown-shopping extravaganza is complete. Make sure you cross these items off your to-do list before you head down the aisle.

 

1. Order Your Bridesmaid Dresses

Now that you know the style of your gown, you can begin researching bridesmaid dresses, decide on one you love and place an order. You don’t have to mimic your dress completely, but match fabrics or design details for a bridal party (and pictures) that looks pulled together.

2. Decide on Your “Something Blue”

Whether you plan to pin a piece of blue ribbon to the inside of your dress like Kate Middleton did, or you’d rather slip into a pair of blue peep toes and accessorize with sapphire gems, don’t let this lucky charm become a source of stress by waiting until the last minute to pick it out.

Read more on The Knot.com: 10 Things to Do After You’ve Purchased Your Wedding Dress

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Professional Photo Session

These are some of our beautiful vintage wedding gown photos taken at our store location in Minneapolis by the talented Jenifer Eligh. We’d love to thank our amazing models for a wonderful day!

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Wedding Gown Fun Facts

It’s difficult to teach the importance of cleaning and preserving your wedding gown after wearing it on your special day – and we see many gowns stop in months – even years! – after the wedding.  So why is it important to bring your gown to us RIGHT after the wedding?  We can get stains out before they have a chance to set, and we can give your gown it’s best chance to survive for many years to come.  Perhaps for a daughter one day?

Check out the info-graphic below for fun facts and tips about wedding gown preservation.  Don’t make it an after-thought, plan for it in your budget!

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Vintage Bridal Photo Shoot

Last Thursday we had an exciting photo shoot at our location!  We invited a few lucky brides to wear their own wedding gowns, get their makeup and hair done and to pose for the camera!  We’d like to give a special thanks to Jenifer Eligh for her brilliant photography, and Nicole Werner for her beautiful hair and makeup!  Check out some photos from the day:

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Photo Gallery is now LIVE!

1956 Wedding Gown

1956 Wedding Gown

Check out our NEW Photo Gallery!

This is a small start to the hundreds of photos we have collected from the past few years of preserving wedding gowns! We are excited to share these before and after photos with you – and to really show everyone the endless possibilities that are out there for wedding gowns!

It really is possible to turn that yellowed wedding gown back into it’s beautiful white color!

See the photo gallery here.

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Wedding Gown Preservation Tips!

You spent a lot of time, money and effort finding the perfect gown.  And then there was the time, money and effort that went into the special wedding day that you will never forget.  Your gown will forever be a memory of that wonderful day, and it’d be a shame if you don’t take steps to preserve it!

Here’s a great slideshow from WeddingWire.com to explain tips on preservation for different types of dresses.

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NEW! Vintage Bridal Salon

something borrowedVINTAGE IS IN!

Check out this NEW show on TLC – and guess what, we can do that!  Our newest Treasured Garment Restoration location in the Loring Park Neighborhood of Minneapolis (10 S 13th St, Minneapolis, MN 55414) features vintage-chic decorations, a wall of bridal gowns, and a studio for altering a wedding gown and wedding party.

Something Borrowed, Something New (TLC)

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