Let's be honest. This blog was first created to drive vintage lingerie collector's, buyers, and gawkers, to my eBay vintage lingerie store. This blog has grown with lots of hard work and enthusiasm. It's what I love, it's what I do.
Anyhow, I have never really dove into the realm of "how to shop for vintage lingerie"..truly real, authentic "vintage lingerie", and not retro or inspired, or vintage inspired lingerie. So, with that, I hope this will help my readers to really know how to "shop for vintage lingerie", and know they are getting true vintage and what to look for.
If you are in the market for a true piece of history, the following are examples of STYLE from these eras. I will focus on mostly nightgowns, negligee's, nightdresses:
|Victorian Era Nightgowns|
|1920's Era Teddy, Nightgown & Slip|
|Late 1930's/Early 40's Nightgown|
|Late 1940's Nightgown|
Trying to Date your Garment?
Artemis (later Gossard merged with Artemis)
Cattani of California
Charmode (Vintage Sears exclusive brand)
Fischer Heavenly Lingerie
Gaymode (Vintage JCPenney exclusive brand)
Glydons or Glydons of Hollywood
Henson Kickernick (later Kickernick merged with Henson)
Intime' of California
Jenelle of California
Lucie Ann~Claire Sandra
Rovel / Ro-Vel of California
Current Popular Lingerie Labels:
Farr West - 1968
Frederick's of Hollywood-1930's or 40's
Hollywood Vassarette (Munsingwear)-1940's to still in production just under the name Vassarette
La Perla -1954
Lily of France-late 1800's
Lucie Ann II-1980's
Natori-Unknown start up year
Olga-1948 still in production (although her nightgowns went out of production in the late 80's to early 90's). Rule of thumb, gowns with the 5 digit style numbers are 80's gowns. 4 Digit style numbers are earlier, and Olga NEVER created nightgowns before the mid/late 1960's. All her items were foundations/panty-slips prior to that.
Rago-Unknown start up year
Val Mode-Late 1930's
Victoria's Secret -started as a mail order catalog in the 1970's
Warner-1930's (interesting side note, Warner's invented the A,B,C,D Bra Cup sizing)
Wondermaid-1930's or 40'
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