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Over the years, our business – caring for designer, high fashion, specialty and couture garments and accessories – has exposed us to many unusual and wonderful garments and accessories with trim and embellishments.
This exposure has allowed us to become highly skilled in cleaning and finishing these garments and accessories, many of which would be routinely rejected as “uncleanable” or “extremely risky” by the overwhelming majority of dry cleaners.
At RAVE FabriCARE, we can expertly, safely and effectively clean almost any garment or accessory with trim and embellishments. Whether it’s beads, sequins, rhinestones or pailettes; plastic, vinyl or rubber; paint, glitter or silkscreen; feathers, appliques or embroidery; suede, leather or fur.
Our expertise in expertly, safely and effectively cleaning almost any garment or accessory with trim and embellishments is the reason why numerous theatrical touring companies that stage their shows at the ASU Gammage Theatre entrust their ornate, heavily embellished, one-of-a-kind costumes to RAVE FabriCARE.
It’s not uncommon for some of these one-of-a-kind costumes to cost upwards of $5,000 each.
In recent years, RAVE FabriCARE has cleaned costumes for musicals such as Kinky Boots, La Cage Aux Folles, Les Miserables, Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Porgy and Bess, Wicked, The Book Of Mormon, Finding Neverland and An American In Paris.
Our expertise in expertly, safely and effectively cleaning almost any garment or accessory with trim and embellishments is the reason why Arizona Opera and Ballet Arizona trusts RAVE FabriCARE with their ornate costumes.
After the final performance of each production, RAVE FabriCARE cleans the production’s wardrobe, whether the wardrobe is owned outright by the opera or ballet company or loaned to it by another opera or ballet production company.
It’s not uncommon for the Arizona Opera or Ballet Arizona to have a costume investment of $250,000 or more in a single show.
In recent years, RAVE FabriCARE has cleaned costumes for many Ballet Arizona productions, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake and many Arizona Opera productions, including Carmen, Rigoletto and The Magic Flute.
At RAVE FabriCARE, we also serve individual collectors who collect costumes and other textile-based artifacts related to specific theatrical productions.
For example, one of our clients collects Phantom of the Opera costumes and other memorabilia (with provenance) from the first Broadway run and from the 2004 movie.
We recently cleaned, finished and preserved the “Think Of Me” dress worn by Emmy Rossum and Carlotta’s “Il Muto” dress worn by Minnie Driver from the 2004 movie.
“eds. The first show of the 2010–11 season we sent in was Carmen. The collection comprised quite a number of ornate, beaded, sequined, metallic embroidered garments that are one of a kind, couture quality garments. The results of the cleaning and pressing were outstanding: vibrancy of the colors, the absence of perspiration stains and associated odors, the fact that the beading did not melt and the sequins did not loose any luster, no damage toany buttons including the crystal buttons, and delicate pressing by hand that resulted in garments with no seam impressions or shine. Great work!”
“RAVE FabriCARE is amazing! Arizona Opera has a large variety of clothing types, trim techniques and painted/glued textures in costumes for every season, but we know that RAVE can handle anything. Whether the piece is leather, chiffon, covered in sequins, hand painted or a steel boned corset, we trust RAVE FabriCARE to clean our costumes and give them back to us looking as beautiful as they were the day we made them.”