At Hilker’s Fabric and Couture Care we are the Research Triangle’s only licensed Wedding Gown Cleaning Specialists and, with our museum quality cleaning and preservation storage process, your gown will look as good in 60 years as on your Wedding day. We have happily been serving brides across the state from Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and the Triad, to Kill Devil Hills, Wilmington, Charlotte and Asheville for 85 years! At Hilker’s Fabric and Couture Care we also accept mail-ins for the convenience of anyone that cannot make the drive to Raleigh. Please call ahead to discuss our mail-in process with our Wedding Gown Specialist.
The cleaning and preservation process at Hilker's Fabric and Couture Care starts with a thorough inspection of the entire dress for minor flaws or necessary repairs, including small rips, loose beads or fallen trim. After making any necessary repairs, the actual pre-cleaning and cleaning process begins. Each gown is hand-treated and cleaned individually.
Once all the treatments are done, we begin the gentle, hand-finishing process that involves dedicated care and vision. At Hilker's Fabric and Couture Care, we have a great deal of pride in preserving the original lay and designs of the gown, and a flawless preservation can only be achieved through hand-finishing like ours. To complete the preservation process, the gown goes through another careful and comprehensive inspection and is stored in a museum-quality box to ensure the condition of your gown for years to come.
International Guarantee: As the only Triangle member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, Hilker’s Fabric and Couture Care provides clients with a Lifetime Guarantee for Wedding gown preservation services. Members of the organization are represented in more than 500 cities around the world. Simply return your gown to any participating Wedding Gown Specialist who will inspect and press the gown at no charge.
Our restoration experts also specialize in restoring antique vintage gowns to the true color without damage to delicate fabrics or dyes, and our process removes stains and discoloration that ordinary dry cleaners cannot. We hand clean all wedding, couture and vintage gowns and treat them with our anti-sugar stain treatment to remove invisible stains properly; ensuring they do not resurface in the future. At Hilker’s Fabric and Couture Care we make your dream of wearing that family heirloom possible.
"My Aunt had the most beautiful satin wedding gown that unfortunately was not kept in the proper condition. The gown had been stored incorrectly for 60 years! After taking my aunts wedding gown to Hilker’s Fabric and Couture Care to be restored and preserved it is now looking beautiful again! The gown looked so fabulous once it was complete that it is now on display in our Brides Dressing Room in the Angus Barn Pavilion."
-Van Eure, owner Angus Barn Restaurant, Raleigh