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.









Dress Preservation

Wedding dress preservation: $250 before tax

Includes customized monogrammed dust cover with initials, wedding colors, and font choice. 

Full names are an additional $25.  

Why choose bustle over having your dress preserved at a dry cleaners? 

bustle only uses museum quality materials to ensure your dress will last a lifetime.  This means there's no plastic or cardboard involved in the preservation or touching your dress.  Nor is the acid-free and lignen-free box sealed with harsh chemicals, so you can open your box anytime!

Please note: bustle does not provide cleaning services at this time, and all materials need to be cleaned prior to preservation.  bustle recommends Harvey's Cleaners - 3411 Brambleton Ave, Roanoke.


Mannequin Creation & Rentals 

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.

Custom form creation for purchase: $450

Conservation friendly ethafoam form carved for either generic measurements or historic measurements.  Mannequins include the conservation form, a simple black tripod stand, and jersey cover. 

Costume mounting: $30/hour

Mannequin rental: $15/month

Build out of mannequins are created from specific dress dimensions for a conservation friendly form.  Measurements, build out, and mounting are billed at $30/hour.  Build out typically takes around 2 hours

Undergarment rental: $5/month per item

To create a certain silhouette, the correct undergarments need to be used to support the garment. 

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.

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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