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Garments Alert

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.

»Discription Of Garment:  Black, Blue and White Dress
»Manufacturer:  Anne Klein
»RN#:  54050
»Care Label Instructions:  “Dry Clean”
»Problem:  When drycleaned in perchloroethylene, both the black and blue dyestuffs became fugitive and migrated onto the white portion of the dress, causing discolorations that cannot be corrected.
»Responsibility:  The manufacturer’s. Because of the solvent-soluble nature of the dyestuffs, this dress proved to be unserviceable when drycleaned in accordance with its care label instructions.
»Recommendation:  If the above-mentioned damage occurs when this dress is drycleaned as instructed by the care label, it should be returned to the place of purchase for a refund or exchange. While we don’t have any data concerning the serviceability of this dress in alternate solvents, we are of the opinion that there is a possibility that this dress may fail in any solvent type.