Understanding how to date vintage clothing is like putting together the pieces of a giant (but gorgeous! This article will help you understand how a union label’s design speaks to the authentic age of your vintage garment or accessory.Most vintage lovers would recognize the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) label, found in women’s vintage clothing from as early as the 1920s.The easiest way to date a piece of women’s clothing as vintage is to identify whether it has a union label.The most popular union label found in vintage clothing is from the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU).
Unfortunately, I lack original photography for ILGWU labels from its inception in 1900 to 1936 (thumbnail available from Anjou Clothing), 1936 to 19 to 1955.These were the unions that helped to not only influence the history of American fashion, but the legalization of fair working conditions for the hundreds of thousands of individuals who worked these factory jobs.Keep reading after the jump to learn more about seven American unions and how to use their label design to help date your vintage garment!I plan on updating this article as soon as I gather these historical materials but for your immediate benefit, I’ll begin exploration of the ILGWU union labels at 1955.Quick Tips for Dating Vintage Here are some quick, easy-to-remember tips. Center-back dress zippers – seen occasionally in the 1940s and early 1950s, but generally later 1950s and 1960s and in most dresses since the 1970s.Because the top ranked search result for “union labels” is an Ebay guide sadly missing most of its original images, I decided to produce this post to give you updated materials for identifying ILGWU union labels in vintage women’s clothing.This guide is on ILGWU union labels found in women’s clothing only — guides to union labels in women’s hats, lingerie and men’s clothing will be produced in the near future!Think 2001 A Space Odyssey with the bubble helmet hats! But then again, they were tiny people with 18" waists and 10" shoulder span, so... if you have a display of hats and boots (as I used to! or each separately (as I know there will be many who don't need/want all 8 pair). I wear a size 6.5, and you can see it on my wrinkly foot (I wonder if I can botox my feet! Excellent condition (like what you might see in a department store with a pair of shoes on display. Lovely ribbon design on this hat with little bow at back and a large raspberry ostrich feather at the side. She obviously kept her possessions in great condition. I'm not absolutely sure the vintage dating of this hat... He created headwear for the likes of Greta Garbo, Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford. This was the look in 1967 (per the Clairol cosmetics ad from 1967 below). It was originally when new, which with inflation equals 5 today. Love the old telephone number with letters for the telephone exchange. ) you will know just how pretty these things look sitting on lace and ribbons. The only thing are the creases at the front toes which could probably be made to practically disappear with some black shoe polish (but I leave things as I find them for those who prefer that! These boots have a sticker on the bottom with the manufacturer and date as it's hard to read the gold company logo inside the top of the boot (see photo). I have no idea what town, or country for that matter! But one pair has already SOLD, so the complete box is no longer available. I wear a size 6.5, and you can see the other size 36.5 size Chanel mule shoe on my wrinkly foot (I wonder if I can botox my feet! :) from a lot, and I don't really deal in new shoes, so .... Look at the first photo (after you click on the photo at left) to see the more true color of the feather... Be careful when you purchase a simple 1840s bonnnet... so coming from a museum, you KNOW this is the real thing! Excellent condition hat of a peachy pink straw with glorious stiff ruffly edge of brim! I would have thought this hat might be early 1960s, but the museum tag is 1950. Eventually his hats were wholesaled to department stores. Feedsack fabric was still widely used, and re-fashioning old garments to suit the new silhouettes and styles was very common.The phrase “Made Do and Mend” came about due to this.