I assume the outsourcing of clothing to more countries abroad had something to do with it! If women weren’t vacationing to Mexico and buying them there, they were being bought and sold in American boutiques. 1971 or newer if the garment has a care label with at least one suggested instruction on how to wash/”care for” the garment.
Dating vintage clothing ilgwu
Amanda complies a very comprehensive list of sources for vintage clothing research.
She includes resources based on era, union labels, i.e ILGWU, WPL, RN, and CA, menswear, and even costumes.
The best part is the section on dating your vintage finds by silhouette and motifs.
Flash forward to 1995: The International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) combined to form UNITE (Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees).
Learn how to use TESS, the Trademark Electronic Search System, with this very easy to understand guide.
A good introductory post on dating vintage clothing.
Thus, you can “take a guess” at how old a garment may be by comparing its RN number to 13670.
Shown here is 17272, which I would necessarily identify the year a garment was made.
WHY IT’S VINTAGE: Read more on identifying and dating the age of ILGWU union labels here, and how to date vintage clothing based on 6 other vintage union labels in addition to ILGWU here. Although clearly for a male named Sam Davis, I just about died when I saw this tag on a men’s jacket in The Family Vintage Jewels, who kindly let us shoot the tags of their vintage clothing!
If you’re like me and you like finding out the story behind your vintage finds, then finding out when your item was made is a good place to start.
They rather identify when the RN number was first issued for the company to use. Vintage junior sizing was invented not as a sizing system for teenagers (traditionally seen today) but rather petite ladies!