People Staff
March 10, 2008 12:00 PM



The star’s Gaultier Paris gown is a dry cleaner’s nightmare, says Barton (who has been cleaning red carpet gowns since 1962) of J.B. French Dry Cleaners. “A train like that would take three people to steam, and it has to be cleaned inside out or you’ll flatten the ruffle on the outside.”


Penélope Cruz
The feather detailing on Cruz’s Chanel Haute Couture gown makes it nearly impossible to clean, says Barton. “We’d have to hand steam each feather and shake it so it stands up. I wouldn’t clean her dress. I don’t think anyone would.”



Despite the Nina Ricci gown’s relatively simple cut, the silk taffeta material must be cleaned carefully. “Too much steam can leave a blotch,” says Barton. Another factor? Insurance. “We have to think about the cost to replace the dress [if it were destroyed].”


The chiffon on Heigl’s Escada gown is easier to clean than silk taffeta. “If you screw up, you can’t see it as easily,” explains Barton. “But you have to constantly watch that you don’t burn it, since it’s a lighter fabric. It will curl if you steam it too much.”

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