Dating vintage clothing union labels
The first thing you should know is that in all these years of buying and collecting vintage lingerie (and other fashions), I’ve rarely used labels to estimate the age of lingerie. Plus, the real value is in the beauty, the design details, the construction, the feel of it…Age isn’t more important than any of that; though age is usually an indicator of those great things!
Using this date you can age the piece as the year noted on the tag or a few years later. A label or the design of an American flag on or near the brand tag.Many brick and mortar stores allow try ons, but the sizes on the tags inside of mid-century era fashions are very different from the sizing of today.And a lot of older or antique clothing have no tags at all.) The feel of it tells me all about the lingerie’s sensual nature.However, if I question something, if there are confusing or conflicting issues, I will then check construction and, especially if this is for someone else, then I will look at the tags and labels for clues to confirm or deny suspicions. Then as now, tags and labels are often cut out of clothing — especially lingerie, where they look less than desirable beneath sheer fabrics. Since I cannot heft or feel Lea’s vintage Warner’s nightgown or peignoir, here’s how I use the label information to confirm what my eyes see in the photos.After many years of collecting vintage clothing for myself and also purchasing inventory for my business, I’m very aware of how the supply is steadily dwindling.
This has resulted in steadily rising prices, especially for designer vintage clothing or garments in the best wearable condition.
Lea emailed for some help on identifying the age of a very pretty “fit for a princess” vintage lingerie set.
I don’t normally offer such research services for free, but since she was referred by Treacle, I thought I’d make the effort to help Lea and make it an opportunity to share some tips with you.
By now, I can pretty much just “heft and eyeball” a garment and deduce the age.
Visually, period style details tell me most of what I want to know, both in terms of the age of the item and what I want to wear.
The fascination with vintage and retro clothing has grown so much over the past few years that an entire community of bloggers, vloggers and collectors have sprung up to discuss the trend and sell clothing and home wares that range from the 20's all the way to the 80's.