Bustle specializes in preserving family and museum collections, with an emphasis on textile items, including wedding dresses, christening gowns, military uniforms, or even a favorite outfit.  All preservation will be customized to the item, as materials deteriorate differently over time.  Each object will come with a museum quality water resistant acid and lignen free box.  For textile conservation, each box will come with a personalized muslin dust cover, which can include a family members name, initials, or a special date.

Wedding Dress Preservation

What makes bustle different than having a dry cleaner preserve your wedding dress?  Bustle uses museum quality materials and techniques that dry cleaners do not.  


This means:                                                                                                       

  • no cardboard, which leaches chemicals onto textiles over time

  • no plastic, which can be punctured, can yellow, and can off-gas harmful chemicals  

  • no unnecessary sealing or nitrogen infused substance - you can guarantee the dress is yours by opening your box whenever you want!

  • we only use acid free tissue to prevent creases and wrinkles                                                                                                                       

With bustle, you get museum-quality, professional services along with:

  • a personalized dust cover, monogrammed with your names or initials, your wedding date, in the color of your choosing

  • white gloves to handle your dress                                                           

  • a mylar sleeve to include a photograph of your wedding or newspaper clipping with your dress

Photo Digitization

Are there old family photos you cherish, but keep in a drawer in your basement?  With bustle's photo digitization services, save your time by allowing us to scan everything for you!  All photographs will be provided in a 300 dpi jpg or tif format, as well as preserved in inert polypropylene sleeves and acid free boxes.

Historic Costume Exhibition Mounting

Customizing mounts for exhibition requires an in depth skill set to create, modify, and dress a mannequin for historic costume.  Mannequins are custom fitted to the costume's specific dimensions and historic silhouettes are created for which the costume is from.

Lectures &Speaking Engagements

Customize your event with a historical lecture on a topic of your choosing.  Ashley's specialty is fashion history; however, the topic can be tailored to one of your choosing. 

Additional Services

bustle provides the following preservation services: 

  • Museum collections consultation and collections management

  • Inventory management

  • Registration services for incoming or outgoing loans

  • Dress preservation                                                         

  • Photo digitization  and preservation                                            

  • Historic research                                              


Hours - By appointment only.

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Roanoke, VA, USA

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