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The easiest way to date a piece of women’s clothing as vintage is to identify whether it has a union label.
There was a proposal to make a union label use compulsory in all NYC cloak industry unionized shops.
I plan on updating this article as soon as I gather these historical materials but for your immediate benefit, I’ll begin exploration of the ILGWU union labels at 1955.
Understanding how to date vintage clothing is like putting together the pieces of a giant (but gorgeous! This article will help you understand how a union label’s design speaks to the authentic age of your vintage garment or accessory.
The most popular union label found in vintage clothing is from the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU).
Vintage clothing pickers and sellers often use ILGWU union labels to help identify the general era a piece of clothing was made because the union tag’s design (which has changed 8 times since 1900) can help narrow the garment’s age within a window of approximately 10 to 20 years.
ILGWU called for use of a union label at its first convention.
Its use was slow to take hold however, as it was optional and seen as being of limited use.To conclude a garment’s exact era, it’s recommended that you use my Dating Vintage as Clothing and 5 Ways to Date the Age of Vintage Clothing for more help, and subscribe to my newsletter for dating vintage tips only available to subscribers.Because the top ranked search result for “union labels” is an Ebay guide sadly missing most of its original images, I decided to produce this post to give you updated materials for identifying ILGWU union labels in vintage women’s clothing.Keep reading after the jump to learn more about seven American unions and how to use their label design to help date your vintage garment!This is not a complete guide to every single union label known to clothing and textile production — but it does cover the largest unions and therefore, the labels you’re most likely to see when examining the interior of your vintage garments.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!