Kim Jones said she wanted to show the dress to her daughter, college freshman Emily Jones, and she took the gown out of the wrapping it had been placed in by White Way Cleaners in Brentwood, Tenn., 26 years ago and discovered she had been given the wrong dress, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported Monday.
Jones, who lived in Tennessee at the time of her wedding and later moved to Georgia, said the dry cleaner, which has since gone out of business, recommended she keep the garment wrapped to prevent the fabric from deteriorating. She said the dress in the wrapping had a similar beading to her dress, so she did not notice the difference when looking through the windows of the wrapping.
Jones said the other box had a tracking ticket that matched the one she was given when she took the dress to the cleaner, but another ticket on the inside was one digit off from her number.
The mother and daughter said they hope they can track down the original dress so Emily can one day wear it for her own wedding day.
"As the only girl in the family, this is the one thing that my mother had for me. She took the time to keep it and preserve it. And to find out that it wasn't hers after all these years was very disappointing," she said.