Madame Paulette


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The Windows Of Madame Paulette

While it may be the season for department stores’ over-the-top holiday windows, the Madame Paulette® windows have certainly held their own. Local Upper East Side residents, fashionistas and passerbys are in awe about the beautiful gowns on display through December. John Mahdessian, President of Madame Paulette® Organization, has once again lent his services to charity. The company, known for its mastery of cleaning, has teamed up with One Frickin Day Model Behavior Auction on Charity Buzz. In the windows of Madame Paulette® Flagship Location in New York City’s Chic Upper East Side, famous designers including Isaac Mizrahi, Ralph Lauren and Roverto Cavalli, donated dresses to be displayed in the windows of the famous couture cleaner. Each was donated on behalf of the runway diva who wore it. Some models, like Karolina Kurková and Elettra Wiedemann, even donated dresses from their own personal collection. The company, co-founded by model Elettra Wiedemann, brings solar power to clinics in underdeveloped countries around the world. The list of the dresses on display at Madame Paulette® include: a J. Mendel Gown, worn by Heidi Klum at the 2006 CFDA Awards (donated by J. Mendel on behalf of Heidi Klum), a Michael Kors Gown, worn by Brooke Shields at the 2010 Met Ball (donated by Michael Kors on behalf of Brooke Shields), a Georges Chakra Gown, worn by Tyra Banks at the 2008 BET Honors’ (donated by Georges Chakra on behalf of Tyra Banks), a Richard Chai Dress, worn by Karolina Kurková at the 2009 Met Ball (donated by Karolina Kurková), a Louis Vuitton Dress, worn by Natalia Vodianova Fashion Week 2010 (donated by Natalia Vodianova), a Yigal Azrouël gown, worn by Jessica Stam at the 2009 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards (donated by Yigal Azrouël on behalf of Jessica Stam, a Ralph Lauren dress, worn by Chanel Iman at the GQ Gentlemen’s Ball 2009 (donated by Ralph Lauren on behalf of Chanel Iman), a Calvin Klein dress, worn by Elle MacPherson at the 2005 Met Ball (donated by Calvin Klein on behalf of Elle MacPherson) and a Thakoon dress, worn by Hilary Rhoda at the 2009 Met Ball (donated by Thakoon on behalf of Hilary Rhoda). All the designer dresses’ were cleaned and restored by Madame Paulette® with all proceeds going to One Frickin day ( This is not John’s first charitable ventures. Recently, the American Liver Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Honors Gala honored John with the Spirit of New York Award for his charitable efforts and dedication to the cause. In addition, John and the Madame Paulette ® Organization professionally and meticulously cleaned the dresses exhibited (and later auctioned) for Swarovski Elements’ 22 Ways to Say Black, which benefited the American Cancer Society— John was also the winning bidder for one of the exclusive frocks. At the New Yorkers for Children Fall Gala, John led the Madame Paulette® team in donating cleaned and tailored suites for twenty different children who benefit from the organization’s wonderful work. John serves as Chairman of the Board for Fashion Donations, and has created partnerships with CANCER 101® and the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation. Madame Paulette has made numerous contributions to charitable organizations, including American Liver Foundation, New Yorkers for Children, Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation, the New York Junior League and the Armenia Tree Project. He is also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police as well as an Associate Member of the New Jersey State Law Enforcement Agency. A graduate of Villanova University (B.S. Business Administration), John Mahdessian almost began his career at one of New York City’s most prestigious investment banking firms, ultimately deciding to join the family business, allowing his father to retire following 30 years in business.


Founded on the principle of excellence over half-a-century ago, Madame Paulette® offers state-of-the-art, unrivaled cleaning services for our clientele, achieving the status of being the finest Custom Couture Cleaner in the world. Serving internationally-renowned Couture designers (Giorgio Armani), retail establishments (Barneys New York), celebrities (Sting, Barbara Walters), dignitaries, corporate executives and high-profile VIPs (Vogue’s Anna Wintour), Madame Paulette® boasts an unparalleled expertise and attention to detail. The Madame Paulette organization has been honored with such impressive commissions as the restoration of Princess Diana’s gowns as well as many vintage, one-of-a-kind, irreplaceable Chanel creations displayed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. For more information, please visit