February 29, 2012

Barbara Nichols In Lingerie. Celebrities in Lingerie.

Barbara Nichols In Lingerie. Celebrities in Lingerie.
Barbara Nichols swoons over a burlesque style bra.
Barbara Nichols in a babydoll nighty.
Hollywood Pin-Up Cheesecake model Barbara Nichols began modeling for pinup magazines in the late 1940's. In the mid-1950s, she moved to Hollywood and began appearing regularly in second leads in a number of films. Ms. Nichols, a popular model in cheesecake magazines of the era was considered a minor rival to Marilyn Monroe, along with Jayne Mansfield, Mamie Van Doren, Cleo Moore, Greta Thyssen, Diana Dors and Sheree North.

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February 27, 2012

Miss Elaine Nightgowns

The following blog post I cannot take credit for. It was beautifully written by Suzanne Prochaska of Vintage Nightgowns.

Suzanne Prochaska has an extensive blog/website featuring some of the popular gowns and history of. Please be sure to have a look at her website!

Miss Elaine NightgownWhen you’re looking for evening ware that speaks of elegance, comfort and a sense of coziness, Miss Elaine Nightgowns should be on your list. Miss Elaine has become synonymous worldwide with lounge-wear and sleep ware sure to make any one feel feminine and beautiful.
There’s a sense of whimsy to her designs – with fabric that moves and breaths and just enough trim or embroidery to make each piece looks and fits as great as it feels. Better still, Miss Elaine lines come in sizes and styles suited for nearly any lifestyle or figure.

Red Miss Elaine Vintage NightgownThe company started in 1926. It’s a family owned and operated business that spans several generations. The idea behind her line was creating high quality sleepwear that is tasteful and easy to care for. Even to this day you can find Miss Elaine items in various department stores and shops that specialize in boudoir clothing.
One item for which her line is most famous is a fabric called Silk Essence. While not silk, the fabric has a similarly sheer consistency that’s incredibly soft against the skin. Better still it’s machine washable. The colors in her lines range the spectrum and include Ice Pink and Aqua. The sweep of Miss Elaine nightgowns allow for plenty of leg room, and unlike many pieces of night ware you’ll find the lace just as soft as the fabric.
Vintage Miss Elaine NightgownLike other clothing lines several of her designs have been discontinued meaning they can also be collectibles. The label for Miss Elaine pieces is relatively distinctive. All feature the name Miss Elaine in script. In the 1950s the script was sometimes green. By the 1960s the labels changed to gold script and white backing. Up until the early 1980s the script featured a curl on the front end of Miss and an extended curl on the top of Elaine so that it stretched over to the “I” in her name. That feature ceased to a simpler script, and then a combination of printing and script on the Miss and Elaine respectively.
In terms of value Miss Elaine nightgowns from the 30’s can be quite expensive sometimes fetching as much as $200.00. By comparison items from the 60’s and 70’s cost anywhere from $15 - $40 depending on the length and extensiveness of decorative touches. On average a new Miss Elaine piece will cost about $50.00, which is still fairly affordable for a small piece of luxury.

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Shopping For Vintage Lingerie

Shopping For Vintage Lingerie. A Buyer and Collector's Guide.

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 (pre 1901)
Victorian Era Nightgowns

Edwardian Era (1901 through 1919)
1914 Nightgown

Great Depression Era (1920 through 1938)
1920's Era Teddy, Nightgown & Slip

1930's Nightgown
Late 1930's/Early 40's Nightgown
1945 Nightgowns
New Look Era, Late 1940's through Early 1960's (1947 through 1964)

Late 1940's Nightgown

1950's Nightgown
1950's Nightgown
1950's Nightgown

Mod, Hippie, Disco Era (1965 through 1976)

1960's Nightgowns

1960's Nightgown

1960's Nightgowns

1960's Nightgowns

Punk, New Wave, 80's fashion (1977 through 1989)

1970's Nightgown

1970's Nightgown
Buying vintage lingerie on eBay can be quite fun and a learning experience. Vintage lingerie is something that is desired by many people believe it or not! The newer lingerie of today does not compare to the soft and subtle materials of the eras gone by. Sadly enough, soft nylon satins, rayon and such are not created in today's lingerie.

When shopping for your vintage piece, make sure it is genuinely vintage by following some of my tips here.

Trying to Date your Garment?

Dating vintage lingerie can be a little tough to pinpoint down to the exact date when it was produced. If you familiarize yourself when labels and fabrics were used, styles and cuts, you can estimate when it was made. Vintage magazine adverts and vintage clothing catalogs will tell you the approximate year of production. 

Prior to 1941, most lingerie was created in glorious fabrics of rayon satins and silks. Shortly after 1941, you will see a lot more lingerie was being created in various nylon and nylon blends, although rayon was still used too. Nightgowns and peignoir sets created in fluffy chiffon nylons were very popular in the 1950s and 1960s, and moving forward to the 1970s/80s you will see more all nylon sets without chiffon.  

Vintage lingerie can be dated other ways. If there are "care instructions" on the label, your garment is AFTER 1971. Most vintage slips had metal hardware/sliders etc, prior to the late 1960s. Half waist slips, might have a "pillowtab" in the waist. Labels mostly are placed in side seams, and hems. Panties that have all nylon gussets are most likely made before 1970, and might have a "pillowtab" in the waist. Caution of warning! There are panties being recreated and produced now with all nylon gussets/crotch areas that are and being called "vintage style or retro style and even vintage". These panties are even being created in what the seller calls "vintage nylon" and getting away with calling them vintage. When in doubt ask your seller if they are authentic vintage or not and not reproduction panties.
There are many other ways to "guestimate" your era of your vintage piece, such as garment labeling (Union labels, RN numbers, and garment care instructions).

 Garment Labels:

1. Wool Product Labels (WPL): Used from 1941 to 1959.

2. Registered Numbers (RN): Starting in 1959 and still currently in use. If your garment has no RN number, it most likely is made before 1959. 

3. Care of Garment Labels: The FTC required in 1971 that textile manufacturers list the garment care instructions on labels (Care Labeling Rule). The labels must have washing, drying, bleaching, ironing, and/or dry cleaning instructions. Rule of thumb, if your garment has care instructions it is most likely created AFTER 1971.

4. Union Labels (ACWA & ILGWU)
A. ACWA: In 1933/34 the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA) started adding labels to garments. The label had a picture of a sewing machine symbol and scissors in the center of a diamond with red numbering across the center of this tag. On the left side of the label says "Union Made" and on the second line it will say either 'Suite', 'Work Clothes' or 'Garment'. On the left lower corner reads "Workers of" will read copyright 1934 by ACW of A. Tags identical to the 1933/34 tag have been found with copyright date of 1936 and was used from 1936 to 1939.
1939 new lables were issued. The 1939 label is exact to the 1934 label, except they added new copyright date of 1939 followed by ACW of A and on the right side has the union bug mark with the number 80 after it.
1949 labels were redesigned and used from 1949 to 1962. This time it features a sewing machine in the center, without the scissors. The text "Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America" is laid out differently. The left side has red numbers and "copyright 1949" is on the right with a code of 3 letters, and on the left lower corner they omitted the circled R trademark symbol.
1962 The circled R symbol was added to the lower left corner of the label, and still has the copyright date of 1949 on the right side. Later on, the red colored numbers were changed to black color.
B. ILGWU: International Ladies Garment Workers Union. Formed in 1900, briefly joining the CIO in 1937, rejoined the AFL in 1940. AFL-CIO merged together in 1955. In 1995 the ILGWU reformed as UNITE. Union labels will show these name and date changes.

Popular/Current Lingerie Lines And Start Up Years
 Out Of Production Lingerie Lines:
Artemis (later Gossard merged with Artemis)
Bien Jolie
Cattani of California
Charmode (Vintage Sears exclusive brand)
Christian Dior
Eye Full-Flaum's
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

Lady Duff
Lady Leonora
Lady Lynne
Lucie Ann~Claire Sandra
Mary Barron
Movie Star
Odette Barsa
Rovel / Ro-Vel of California
Van Raalte


Current Popular Lingerie Labels:
Agent Provocateur
Barbizon -1920's

Farr West - 1968
Frederick's of Hollywood-1930's or 40's
Gilead -1950'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

Miss Elaine-1920'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.

Unknown start up year
Val Mode-Late 1930's
Vanity Fair-1899
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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February 26, 2012

Oh Mercy Me! 1950's Retro Vintage Inspired Lingerie

Mercy Me! 

Check out Agent Provocateur Spring 2012 1950's Inspired Retro Vintage style lingerie.

1950s-inspired shapewear has never been so sexy. The Mercy range is made up of infinitely wearable shapewear in signature Agent Provocateur embroidery and lace. These clever styles combine irresistible retro features, with modern technology and fit.

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February 22, 2012

Meowww In Leopard Print Vanity Fair Lingerie

Meowww Baby. Leopard print Vanity Fair vintage garments. Bringing out the inner jungle gal in you! The Leopardess....

Vanity Fair Nightgown & Robe Set
Nightgown and Robe Set

Vanity Fair Push up slip
Push up slip by Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair Tap Panties
Tap Slip Panties
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Well Tickle Me Pink. Seduction Meets Innocence.

Well tickle me pink. Seduction meets innocence.
Nothing is more sweeter than a black over pink two tone vintage nightgown.

This one is simply to die for. With a tad of seductiveness and pink innocence.

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February 19, 2012

Green With Envy..Vintage Lingerie For St. Paddy's Day!

I know St. Patrick's day is several weeks away, but get your green into gear with these green vintage Vanity Fair nightgowns! 

Minty Green Vanity Fair princess nightgown
Green Two Tones..Vintage Vanity Fair Nightgown & Robe

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Vintage Lingerie Give Away!

Sweet Cherry Vintage Lingerie is sending a beautiful vintage lingerie item to the 500th person who "likes" our Facebook page! Be sure to check us out on Facebook and spread the word!

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