Dating vintage clothing

While the ILGWU archives contains thousands of photographs and documents on the union and provides information on the history and use of the union label, unfortunately material does not exist for specific manufactured clothing.But, the archives recently undertook the task to compile and create a helpful guide to assist researchers date their garments.Interest in dating vintage clothing is more popular than ever, and an easy way to quickly determine a date range is by looking at the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) Union Label.Many individuals curious about an old dress found in a relative’s closet or a vintage coat purchased at a resale shop have contacted the archives to find out more about their item.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.

(1950s fashions, via Flickriver) Fashion in the 1950s as a whole didn’t see as much of a drastic change at any various part throughout the decade like the 1940s had.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.So if you already know your own measurements, having a tape measure handy to actually measure the garment can save you lots of time.That way you won’t be taking lots of things into the dressing room that may not fit.