Anna Sui Dress

Description of Garment:

 Black Dress w/ Metallic Powder Coating

Manufacturer: Anna Sui

RN#: Not Available

Care Label Instructions: "Professionally Dryclean Only"

Problem: This dress contains a striped design that was created by the application of a metallic powder to the fabric. The adhesive binder used to affix the metallic powder the fabric partially dissolved when this dress was drycleaned in perchloroethylene, causing a random loss of the metallic design.

Responsibility: The manufacturer. This garment failed when drycleaned according to the care label instructions. This was due to both the solubility and heat-sensitive nature of the adhesive binder.

Recommendation: If the above-mentioned damage occurs when this dress is drycleaned in accordance with the care label instructions, it should be returned to its place of purchase for a refund or exchange

Drycleaner: Explain the potential serviceability issues to the customer.Since this dress may prove to be unserviceable when processed by the care label instructions, a signed release of liability should be obtained prior to its acceptance. Although we have no data as to the serviceability of this dress in alternate solvents, we are of the opinion that the temperatures generated during the reclamation cycle with any solvent type may affect the integrity of the adhesive binder.

The NCA's Garment Analysis Laboratory examines thousands of garments every year for serviceability and FTC care labeling accuracy. The featured garment is a recurring item received for evaluation and, in testing, has failed to meet minimum industry standards. We have included the name or trade name of the fabric, the manufacturer, the RN number, if available, and a brief description of the problem.

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