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Help with dating the style of a dress

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion - Ask Questions Get Answers' started by Impey, Jan 2, 2021.

  1. Impey

    Impey Registered Guest

    Hi all

    Happy new year and fingers crossed for a brighter 2021! I wonder if I could have your thoughts as to the era that a dress is emulating? I think the dress is probably late 60s/70s based on washing instructions, composition (polyester) and sizing (it’s labelled 14 but wears smaller), but it could be later. Either way it seems to be emulating an earlier style. Any ideas about both its actual age and the style?

    with thanks


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  2. bycinbyhand

    bycinbyhand Trade Member

  3. Vintagiality

    Vintagiality Trade Member

    I believe the care symbols were not used in the US until the early 90s.
  4. Impey

    Impey Registered Guest

    I’m in the U.K., so I think it was a bit earlier here?
  5. Vintagiality

    Vintagiality Trade Member

    Yes, according to Ginetex, they started in 1963 and Britain joined in 1975 which probably means they started being widely used in the UK a few years later. I think your dress is late 70s/ early 80s.

    “On March 26th, 1963, the international Asso- ciation for textile care labelling GINETEX ( Groupement International d’Etiquetage pour l’Entretien des Textiles) with head office in Paris, was founded after several International Symposiums for Textile Care Labelling held in Europe at the end of the 1950’s. The founding members were the Benelux countries, the Federal Republic of Germany, France and Switzerland.”
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  6. thevintagebungalow

    thevintagebungalow Trade Member

    I would have said late 70's early 80s but does seem to be emulating that 50's Lucille Ball look.
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  7. Impey

    Impey Registered Guest

    Thanks everyone - and love the Lucille ball reference!
  8. Retro Ruth

    Retro Ruth Administrator Staff Member

    Agree with this, and based on my experience of UK labels, I think earlier than later in this range more likely. I've seen similar labels a lot on 70s stuff.

    I'm seeing more 40s than 50s in the influence. I quite often see a 40s influence in certain 70s garments, and going into the 80s.
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  9. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    I am thinking 1980/81 - not a great style period for most fashion as it was transitioning. I see it with white open-toed medium-size heeled pumps and a matching shoulder bag, nude pantyhose, and a haircut that involves bangs...
  10. Impey

    Impey Registered Guest

    Thanks everyone - 70s would certainly fit with information I got from the seller, but I’m not prepared to grow a fringe!
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