Kay Unger Dress

Description of Garment:

 Pink Beaded Dress

Manufacturer: Kay Unger

RN#: 92432

Care Label Instructions: "Dryclean Only"

Problem: A portion of the beaded trimming partially dissolved during the drycleaning process. The dissolved plastic transferred onto the fabric, causing discolorations that cannot be corrected.

Responsibility: The manufacturer's. This dress failed when drycleaned according to the care label instructions. This was due to the solubility (in perchloroethylene) of a portion of the beaded trimming.

Recommendation: If this dress fails when drycleaned according to the care label instructions, it should be returned to the 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 acceptance. We have no data as to the serviceability of this garment in alternate solvents.

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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