Vintage clothing dating zipper
The construction and labeling of clothing garments changed from decade to decade in the 20th century, which is a benefit for vintage lovers who want to learn how to accurately date their clothing, whether for personal or resale services.This list isn’t the end-all-be-all for dating vintage clothing.The sizing system changed again in 1984, to roughly 4 sizes bigger than modern size. [Back to the top.] LOOK FOR: The tag of a prominent designer or in-house line, such as Emilio Pucci (above) or Lilly Pultizer (below). VINTAGE HISTORY: Like the styles of clothing they created, the look of a designer tag changed throughout the history of the brand.Use the Vintage Fashion Guild’s label resource guide to compare your label’s design next to the tag pictures available.Zippers became available in plastic (called “woven” zippers) beginning in 1963, and beginning in 1968 nylon (plastic) coil zippers were used in practically every single mass produced garment.Also important to note for accurate dating is placement of zipper either along the side or in the back middle of the garment.The vintage tag shown above is from a size 12 dress purchased in 1963. This dress fits me perfectly, because a size 12 vintage is a modern size 6!
Still a popular preppy and funky floral line today, Lilly’s tags are tell-tale signs of the era a piece was approximately produced.Side zippers are most frequently seen on garments from the ’30s and ’40s.Back middle zippers are common on garments from the ’50s and ’60s. Between 19, the amount of clothes sewn at home increased by 50 percent![Back to the top.] LOOK FOR: The garment care tag stitched onto the interior of the garment. VINTAGE HISTORY: In 1971 the Federal Trade Commission released the “Care Labeling Rule” which required all manufacturers (including importers) of apparel to include garment care instructions on an interior tag.The care label tag is required to include one method of care to keep the garment in quality condition, such as “machine wash cold” or “dry clean only.” If the garment was made by a brand but is missing care instructions, you can confidently conclude the piece was produced before 1971.