Raising The Bar In The Dry Cleaning Industry


Fashion Mannuscript

June/July 2005

In 2004 Madame Paulette had the privilege of working with a number of high profile clients and added a number of amazing special projects to their ever-growing roster. Their cleaning and preservation services have been used by Kate Hudson, Kelly Ripa, Janet Jackson, Beyonce Knowles, Barbara Walters, Anna Wintour, Jennifer Lopez, Paris Hilton, Kimora Lee Simmons, Russell Simmons, Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, Ellen Barkin and many more. Madame Paulette was also “given a great honor this past year,” says John Mahdessian, President of Madame Paulette, when his company was chosen to fully restore four gowns from the museum collection of the late Princess Diana which is currently being showcased by the Women’s Entertainment Network.

After a star-studded year, Madame Paulette set the latest trend on the Hollywood who’s who circuit when the company debuted a very unique and specialized service which does not exist anywhere else in the world, The Madame Paulette Touring Division. Their clients are now able to commission the skilled workmanship of Madame Paulette to anywhere in the world dial they need to be. This division has been specifically designed to cater to any needs that their clients may have at any given time. From high profile events including celebrity weddings, award shows, photo shoots, film and television productions to maintaining the finest textiles in the world aboard private jets, yachts, and in the most luxurious and highly regarded estates worldwide.

Recently, The Madame Paulette Touring Division was commissioned to the Mar-a-Lago Estate in Palm Beach, FL by Melania Trump to insure that the utmost personalized service was given to both the bride and her Christian Dior Couture wedding gown that she donned on that very special day. The estimated value of Mrs. Trumps couture wedding gown is said to be in excess of $200,000. Before, during, and after Melania’s lavish $5 million wedding to billionaire Donald Trump, Madame Paulette was in charge of every aspect of her highly publicized and very famous wedding gown. The process began with packing and preparing the gown for shipment from New York to Florida. Before John had time to realize it, Madame Paulette was arriving in Florida with their equipment in tow and truly lived up to John’s personal motto, “When it comes to my clients, there is no job too big or too small. No is NOT an option.” From unpacking and individually pressing the 500 pleats on the gown, to making sure that it was safeguarded everywhere it went (including the church, Mar-a-Lago, back to New York, and an InStyle photo shoot) Madame Paulette was present for every minute of this spectacular event.

Their touring division has also been requested by Mr. Trump himself to clean and maintain the textiles aboard his Boeing 727 private jet. His custom made gold silk upholstered furniture required special care and was restored to its original splendor.

In an effort to raise money for the Tsunami Relief Fund in the wake of the tragedy in Asia, Madame Paulette has partnered with Clothes Off Our Back Foundation. The Clothes Off Our Back Foundation is an organization in which celebrities donate their designer attire to benefit charity. There is no easier way to help support a wonderful cause and own a part of Hollywood history. Madame Paulette agreed to clean and restore each garment at no charge to ensure that this wonderful organization received the highest possible bids for each item. The items included those worn by Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Al Roker, James Spader, Larry David, Meryl Streep, Charlize Theron, Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Annette Bening, Kate Winslet, Minnie Driver, Felicity Huffman, Star Jones, Blythe Danner and many more to the 62nd Golden Globe Awards. Madame Paulette also cleaned and restored the celebrity attire from the 77th Annual Academy Awards and the 47th Annual Grammy Awards. In an undying effort to keep the world spotless and lend support to charitable organizations, Madame Paulette is always willing to lend a helping hand.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in conjunction with the Chanel Archive of Paris and Vogue Magazine came to Madame Paulette with yet another special request. Madame Paulette was asked to aid in the restoration and preservation of numerous vintage Chanel pieces from the Coco Chanel era during the 1920s and 1930s. Their craftsmanship was on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City as well as in Vogue Magazine and also in a book scheduled to be published early next year.