COMMACK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Two wedding dresses were dry cleaned, and mistakenly boxed together back in 1980.
One belongs to the Long Island mother who just discovered the pair while cleaning her Commack attic — the other is a mystery.
Susan Forman of Commack was married in 1980.
“A nice reminiscence, it was a very, very simple gown,” she said, speaking exclusively with CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan.
Something happened as she was looking through the box for her handmade veil.
“I found another bag, a garment bag,” she explained.
It was labeled ‘Abraham and Strauss.”
“Which is obviously not around anymore,” she said.
Forman became curious.
“I was shocked to find another wedding gown,” she said.
It was made of ivory taffeta and lace with a high neck, chapel length train, tulle netting, and an organza sleeve.
“I said ‘I have to find out whose gown this is.’ The cleaners, I can only assume, inadvertently put two gowns in my box,” she said.
Forman’s parents lived in Massapequa Park. She was married in Huntington and first lived in Jackson Heights, Queens.
She can’t remember which location the gown was cleaned in 36 years ago.
“We were married in the chapel of Huntington townhouse and had the reception there,” she recalled. “Clearly this girl was taller and thinner than I was. It must have made for some beautiful wedding photos. If I was looking for my wedding gown all these years and somebody found it, I would probably collapse in tears.”
Forman contacted CBS2 on Facebook hoping we could help.
“I would love to find the bride who wore this gown 30 something years ago,” she said.
Now, an astonishing clue.
“Could that say Lisa do you think?” she wondered.
Forman is reaching out to dry cleaners where she once lived to see if any of them were around in 1980, and will admit to losing a bride’s wedding dress.
Forman thinks she took the gown to the dry cleaner in early December 1980, just after their honeymoon.