Power Cleaner: Mr. Madame

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Gotham Magazine


AS TITILLATING AS THE NAME “MADAME PAULETTE” SOUNDS, company president John Mahdessian explains that this third-generation business is actually the creme de la creme of cleaning. Using distinctive techniques, the company has aided in the restoration and preservation of vintage Chanel pieces for the Metropolitan Museum of Art; restored gowns from the museum collection of the late Princess Diana, maintained the textiles in Donald Trump’s Boeing 747; and cared for the wedding gown of Melania Knauss before, during, and after the ceremony. When Joe DiMaggio’s original baseball uniform was found crumpled and mildewed, Madame Paulette came to rescue, restoring it for auction. And during the Grammy, Oscar, Tony, and Emmy seasons? Fuggeaboutit.

Tending to Kate Hudson’s gowns one day and Usher’s tour outfits the next, Madame Paillette’s skilled artisans carry their cleaning tools around the world to maintain, alter, or remove stains from clothing and textiles, whether for a private individual or a pampered royal, in a palace or on a private yacht, or at an Upper East Side area.