Clothing label dating
Short, center-back neck zippers – mostly 1930s-1940s. Coil (plastic) zippers – invented in 1940, but not in common use until the early 1960s.The zigzag machine was patented in 1873 by Helen Blanchard, but a model for home use, manufactured by Italian company Necchi, was not available to consumers until 1947. Style When dating vintage, the style of the sleeve can often be a telltale sign based on principles of what was fashionable in each decade.Look also at the length of the skirt – the timeline below briefly illustrates skirt styles and lengths from the 1930s to early 60s.My day job is business research, so it was easy to find a lot of great sources. A dress with a tiny waist and huge, below-knee skirt screams 1950s, while a slim-fit dress with huge shoulder pads is probably from the 1980s. If your garment has "serged" seams, it probably dates to after the mid-1960s.
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!
Since 1960, clothes have been required to carry labels saying the fiber content (with percentages) and place of manufacture.
If your garment has a retro-looking label without any fiber content, it might be older than 1960.
KEEP IT TOGETHER – fasteners Men’s dress trousers continue to have button flies through the 1940s. Vintage slips, bras, and garters have metal hardware, not plastic.
Belt loops on men’s pants were first used in the early 1920s, coexisting with suspender buttons for years. SEW AND SEW The first practical sewing machine was invented in 1829 and was used to produce French army uniforms.