Dating photographs by dress
--- However, homemade clothing often doesn't have serged seams, so it can look vintage even if it's not.If your item's seams aren't serged, look for a manufacturer's tag to see if it's commercially made.These come in different colors and may also include the letters AFL, AFL/CIO, or CIO.These variations of ILGWU labels were used through 1995--close to the current vintage cutoff year of 1993. UNION LABEL USED FROM 1955-1945 (with AFL-CIO) After 1995, the union adopted a label that says "UNITE" on it. For more details on when each kind of union label was used, see the Vintage Fashion Guild's guide to union labels, here. I've rounded up the most important tips I've found as a vintage shop owner about how to date your vintage finds.When I was setting up my business, I really wanted to finding the best and most reliable resources so I could offer the best possible product to my customers.Union labels are a good clue but they don't always mean vintage. Union labels have been appearing in US-made clothing for over a hundred years--so it's true that a lot of vintage clothing has them.But, in fact the labels show up in clothes made after 2000. Look for labels that contain the letters ILGWU (International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union).
Keep in mind, though, that a lack of care label doesn't necessarily mean the piece is older than 1972. And not all clothes were made in the US, obviously. If you're still not sure, you might check out the Vintage Fashion Guild forums.--- Another excellent resource for labels is the Vintage Fashion Guild's label resource. Metal zippers often indicate an item made before 1960, when plastic zippers for dressmaking became more common.