In the center are the large letters ILGWU (International Ladies Garment Workers Union) crossed with the smaller acronym AFL-CIO.
Around the edge is printed “Int’l Ladies Garment Workers Union.” Union tags were printed in a variety of colors, so don’t be surprised if you find red, black, blue or green printed on a white tag.
The VFG’s label resource guide visually chronicles the various label designs of popular designers and brands, from icons such as Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg and Betsy Johnson to mall stores like The Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch and Banana Republic.
VINTAGE FASHION TIPS: Brands often change the design of their labels to redefine their image and to differentiate between separate clothing lines under the major umbrella of one company.
Excitedly, you move in to examine the garment’s designer, expecting to see a high-brow name or at the very least, a boutique label on such an exquisite piece.