The Ford House

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House tells the story of the home life of a prominent American family.

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Keeping Your Dress Looking as Good as on Your Wedding Day
Posted: August 19, 2016

With so much delicate lace, sheer fabric, and intricate beadwork to exhibit, our experts on the collections care team have been very busy this year working with 100 years of Ford family wedding gowns.

Imagine handling the sheer, silver threaded fabric on Eleanor Ford’s 100-year-old dress, or putting Josephine Ford’s 1943 Mainbocher hooped gown on a dress form!

Recently, the team exchanged some of the more recent generations’ dresses for different gowns, to rotate new items in the display.

The new dresses include the Oscar de la Renta gown worn by Leela Hamp in 2015, and Kate Frantz’ Vera Wang gown from 2006. Each dress was boxed and stored perfectly, and our team used the utmost care unpacking and preparing the gowns for exhibition.

Gown Preservation Workshop

While these couture gowns were headed to the museum exhibit, the care and storage of wedding dresses and other special occasion pieces is something all brides must consider.

If you have “said yes to the dress,” we have an opportunity for you to learn about preserving your special memories from the experts!

At our "I Said Yes to the Dress ... Now What?" Workshop, you will have a guided tour of our “Down the Aisle” wedding exhibit. Next, the team from Great Lakes Wedding Gown Specialists will share tips and advice on gown preservation at the workshop.

Participants will leave this workshop with a good understanding of how to care for and store their own special garments, particularly wedding gowns and vintage dresses. As a bonus, you will learn how the Ford House cares for its collection of textiles as well!

Space is limited, so purchase your workshop tickets today on our website,



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