My mother was going through some old junk from the basement/hole-in-the-ground in preparation for moving, and found the wedding dress worn by her great-grandmother and her mother, wrapped in plastic bags and put in a box. The dress is in remarkably good condition considering where it was and for how long, and we’d like to keep it that way.
It’s going to need a little work, though, and I hope someone here will know how to safely take care of this stuff (Lissa?) It looks like it wasn’t cleaned after my grandmother wore it - the train and the wrists are a little dingy; also the beadwork (kind of a beaded floral design with fringe in the center of the bodice, the only beads on the dress) on the front is missing a few beads. It seems like we should be able to get it cleaned without too much trouble, but obviously we don’t want any more damage done to it. What do we need to do to get it cleaned? And the beadwork, can it be repaired without being redone?