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from a 1960s dress - Courtesy of thespectrum

Label Resource : Frontman, Richard

Friday, May 31, 2013

“Richard Frontman is my father. He was a dress designer and manufacturer from approximately the late 1950s to the early 1970s. In approx. 1973 he joined Frost Bros. in Texas as VP and became President/CEO. He moved to Wolf Bros. in the 1980s.” Sally Frontman Written courtesy of Sally Frontman

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from a 1990s jacket - Courtesy of claireshaeffer

Label Resource : Jennings, Peggy

Saturday, September 21, 2013

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from a 1970s blouse - Courtesy of themerchantsofvintage

Label Resource : Milea, Michael

Friday, May 31, 2013

Michael Milea opened Michael Milea Ltd., after having been a designer as well as a production manager for a chain of retail stores. The company made a line of junior tops and blouses and eventually realized sales of eleven million. We do not know the dates his company started or ended. In February of 1976, Mr. Milea formed a partnership with Betsey Johnson. They created a sporty junior line of clothing “sweatshirt dressing”. Some of

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from a 1964 knit dress w/jacket - Courtesy of Sweet Melissa's Vintage

Label Resource : a la Pensee, Henry

Monday, August 06, 2012

Henry a la Pensee was a French fashion house. The house operated several high end boutiques that were set up like department stores. The stores sold accessories, clothing (sportswear, elegant knitwear, silk blouses etc.), objects, and gifts from 1800 – 1960s. The house based in Paris, France opened many shops throughout France. In 1938 the house opened a shop in New York City and for that purpose Henry a la Pensee, Inc., a New York

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 from a 1950s dress - Courtesy of thevintagepeddler

Label Resource : Abbott, Edward

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Edward Abbott was the clothing business for which Wilson Folmar was head designer, 1957 – 1984. See also: Wilson Folmar Written by Lizzie Bramlett, fuzzylizzie.com

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from a pair of 1920s hiking boots  - Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

Label Resource : Abercrombie & Fitch

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Abercrombie & Fitch was started in 1892 in New York City by David Abercrombie as Abercrombie & Co. His products consisted of outdoor gear, such as camping and hunting equipment, which he sold to professional explorers and avid outdoorsmen. In 1900 he was joined in the business by Ezra Fitch, who had the money for expansion. In 1904 the store moved to Broadway, and the company incorporated as Abercrombie & Fitch Company. The partners disagreed

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from a 1950s coat - Courtesy of ikonicvintage

Label Resource : Abraham & Straus

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Abraham & Straus was a department store, founded in 1865 by Joseph Wechsler and Abraham Abraham. The store was located in Brooklyn, New York, and was known as Wechsler & Abraham. In 1893, Wechler’s share of the company was bought by the Straus family, who also owned shares in Macy’s. The store then became known as Abraham & Straus, or simply, A&S. During the 1910s, the Straus family separated their interest in the two stores,

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from a mid 1920s beaded dress - Courtesy of coutureallure.com

Label Resource : Adair

Thursday, July 01, 2010

The House of Adair made beaded dresses in France for export to the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. Their production peaked in 1924-25. Written by coutureallurevintage.com

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from 1970s sneakers - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

Label Resource : Adidas

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Adidas was founded by Adi Dassler, who had been making sports shoes in Germany since the 1920s. The company was started in 1947, and the name Adidas – a shortened form of Dessler’s name – was given to the company in 1948. The next year he registered the company’s trademark, the Three Stripes. Adidas started producing sports clothing in 1967. In 2005 Adidas aquired Reebok, making Adidas the second largest sportswear manufacturer worldwide. As of

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from a 1960s gown - Courtesy of bigchief173

Label Resource : Adolfo

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Adolfo (Sardina) (b. 1933) began his career as a milliner. After an apprenticeship with Balenciaga as a teenager, he moved to New York in 1948 and became an apprentice milliner at Bergdorf Goodman. He worked as a designer for milliner Erik Braagaard in the early 1950s and in 1953 was named head designer at Emme, where he received two awards for his millinery designs—a Coty “young designer” award in 1955, and a Neiman Marcus award,

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from an early 1960s suit - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

Label Resource : Adrian Jules LTD

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Adrian Jules, Ltd, was founded in 1964 by Adriano Roberti, a master tailor and designer from Italy. The company specializes in high quality, custom tailored men’s suits, tuxedos, top coats and dress shirts. In 2006, the Robb Report featured Adrian Jules as the only American suit maker that still does most of the tailoring by hand. Written by pinky-a-gogo

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from a 1940s suit jacket. - Courtesy of bombshell*frocks

Label Resource : Adrian, Gilbert

Friday, July 02, 2010

Gilbert Adrian (1903-1959) born Adrian Adolph Greenberg, first designed movie costumes for Rudolph Valentino in the mid 1920. He worked for Cecil B. DeMille in 1926, and in 1928 he went to M-G-M. It was here that Adrian made his name as one of the great Hollywood designers, designing the costumes for over 230 movies. He dressed some of Hollywood’s greatest stars, and was responsible for Joan Crawford’s big-shouldered look that influenced the way American

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from a 1920s cloche - Courtesy of Susan Langley

Label Resource : Agnes

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Agnes was a Parisian milliner. She trained at Talbot and Reboux before opening her salon in 1917. She was located at 6 rue St. Florentin until 1935. In 1936 she moved to 83 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore. Agnes was open into the 1940s, closing around 1947. Label note: Adaptation labels were used not by the designer, but by US firms that were making fashions that were adapted from the designer’s work. Many firms did adaptations,

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from an early 1990s skirt - Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

Label Resource : Agnes B.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Agnes B. (b.1941) is a French sportswear designer who began her career in the early 1970s as junior editor of Elle magazine and later as assistant to Dorothy Bis. In the mid 1970s she opened her own boutique in Paris where she remade French worker’s uniforms, black leather blazers and rugby fabric T-shirts. Her goal was to sell to those who did not want to look too “fashionable.” Her clothing, encompassing those for men, women

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from a c. 1912 tea gown - Courtesy augusta-auction.com

Label Resource : Agnes, Mme

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

A haute couture house founded by Mme. Agnés ca. 1898. From the October 3, 1898 New York Sun: “MME. AGNES Formerly a designer of the house of Doucet, she recently founded a business of her own, which her superb abilities and her charming personality rendered instantly successful.” Her publicized clients included the Queen of Holland. Agnés’ models were sold in the US by John Wanamaker as early as 1898 – 1899. The earliest label found

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from a pair of 1970s sandals (sock label)  - Courtesy of stellarosevintage

Label Resource : Aigner, Etienne

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Etienne Aigner (1904-2000) was an Hungarian maker of handbags and other leather goods He worked in France, producing leather goods for companies such as Dior, but came to the United States in 1949. He worked out of his apartment, producing belts in what became his trademark dark red color. He opened a showroom in 1959. Today there are two separate Etienne Aigner companies – one in the US and the other based in Munich, Germany.

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from a 1970s dress - Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

Label Resource : Aimbez, Gil

Friday, July 02, 2010

Gil Aimbez (b. 1940) studied art and fashion in Los Angeles before heading to New York. There he worked for Anne Klein and other firms as a pattern maker and design assistant. In 1973 Aimbez became the sportswear designer at Genre, a company owned by Peter Clements. Other labels were added; Bon Menage in 1977 and Snafu in 1978. In recent years Aimbez has run his own fashion consultancy firm, and has worked with the

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from an early 1980s dress - Courtesy of cat123creative

Label Resource : Akris

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Akris was founded in Switzerland in 1922 by Alice Kriemler-Schoch. The company initially made simple, dotted aprons that were crafted by Kriemler-Schoch on a single sewing machine. In 1944, her son, Max Kriemler, took over the business. The company grew significantly and under Max Kriemler, Akris produced clothing lines for French designers Givenchy and Ted Lapidus. In 1980, Max Kriemler’s right-hand man died so his son, Albert, was asked to postpone his fashion studies in

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from 1980s pants  - Courtesy of northstarvintage

Label Resource : Alaïa, Azzedine

Friday, July 02, 2010

Azzedine Alaïa (b.1940) opened his ready-to-wear business in Paris in 1980, after having worked at Mugler, Guy Laroche, and Dior. He is known for his work in knits and Lycra, especially that done in the mid 1980s. His designs were generally made from black or dark solid colors, and his dresses were tight, showing off every curve. Many feature a deeply scooped back. Alaïa still designs, and is based in Paris. There is nothing more

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from a 1950s sweater - Courtesy of PoppysVintageClothing

Label Resource : Albertina

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Albertina Giubbolini (1921-2009) founded her atelier in Rome in 1952 and began showing her work in 1957 at showcases in the Pitti Palace. By the 1960s her reputation was firmly established, selling to high end boutiques in Paris and London as well as Saks, Lord and Taylor and Bloomingdales in the US. She was referred to by the fashion press as the “Magician of Knitwear” and the “Italian Chanel”. Her clients included Gloria Swanson, Elizabeth

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from a late 1950s-early 1960s day dress - Courtesy of artisannes

Label Resource : Aldrich, Larry

Friday, July 02, 2010

Larry Aldrich (1906-2001) was an American manufacturer of women’s clothing. Aldrich began making clothing in 1927 but his own name didn’t appear on labels until the 1940s. Larry Aldrich clothing was stylish, but not fashion-forward. Styles from Paris were adapted to have a more conservative sensibility. He was a collector of modern art, and in the late 1960s was known for using Op Art fabrics that he had designed for him. In 1957 Aldrich became

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from an early 1960s dress - Courtesy of fuzzylizzie.com

Label Resource : Alexander, Jeannette

Friday, July 02, 2010

Jeannette Hunt Alexander Hyland was the daughter of designer Peggy Hunt. Alexander got her start in the clothing business during WWII when she thought she might be able to make money mass manufacturing shoulder pads. Based in Los Angeles, she was able to acquire hard to find fabric in New York and used it to make her shoulder pads. She sold them to department stores and manufacturers across the United States. Just after the war

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from a 1940s dress - Courtesy of aprizeeverytime

Label Resource : Alice of California

Friday, July 02, 2010

Alice of California was founded in 1925 by Krist Gunderson, an orphan from Iceland who worked on a fishing boat for three years before “jumping ship” and escaping to Norway, where he did well as a door-to-door salesman. He immigrated to the US and arrived in New York without a dime to his name. He then made his way to the West Coast, sold dead stock from a dry goods house in Portland, Oregon, and

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from a 1950s sundress  - Courtesy of fasteddiesretrorags.com

Label Resource : Alix of Miami

Friday, July 02, 2010

Alix of Miami was one of the many manufacturing businesses that sprang up in Miami, Florida in the mid 20th century. In the post-World War II period, the city of Miami, Florida became a leader in the development of “modern” mid 20th Century design. The city’s location lent itself to modernism with a twist of tropical. Alix of Miami made beautiful cocktail and dinner dresses with a tropical edge. They also made glamorous swimsuits, which

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from a late 1950s/early 1960s evening dress - Courtesy of emmapeelpants

Label Resource : Allen, Jean

Friday, July 02, 2010

Jean Allen was a London model house, much like Frank Usher, Susan Small etc. They did nice frocks for reasonable prices, a popular type of company which emerged in the 1950s and who were fairly successful until the high street boom of the late 1970s. “There was an actual Jean Allen who controlled the fashion house, at Cavendish Square London, she was married to a Mr Parry Billings who was instrumental in the day to

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from a 1950s sweater  - Courtesy of 1st-oliveoyl

Label Resource : Altmann, Bernhard

Monday, July 05, 2010

Bernhard Altmann first entered the textile trade in Vienna in 1915; in 1919 he founded his knitwear manufacturing business there. His company was very successful and it grew to employ 1000 people by 1938. But in that year the German Anschluss put his business under pressure, and he fled to London. His brother was taken prisoner by the Nazis and Altmann was forced to sign over the business in return for his release. Altmann started

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from a 1970s gown - Courtesy of coutureallure.com

Label Resource : Alyce Designs

Monday, July 05, 2010

Alyce Designs was established in 1967 by Alyce Hamm, who trained as a costume designer at the prestigious Paris Ecole de Couture along with her brother Jean-Paul Hamm. Alyce Designs is still family owned and run. The company specializes in evening, pageant, prom, and bridal wear. Alyce Designs dresses have been worn in several movies and television shows. Various representatives of the titles of Miss USA, Miss France, Miss Universe, and Miss World have worn

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from a 1970s dress  - Courtesy of antiquedress.com

Label Resource : Amey, Ronald

Monday, July 05, 2010

Ronald Amey (1932-1986) was the head designer for Burke-Amey. Written by The Vintage Fashion Guild See Also: Burke-Amey

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from a c. 1946 evening dress  - Courtesy of kickshawproductions

Label Resource : Amies, Hardy

Monday, July 12, 2010

Hardy Amies (1909-2003) began his career in fashion at Lachasse in 1934, where he was designer, and after 1935, managing director. During the war he designed British Utility clothing which conformed to the strict fabric saving rules of wartime. He started his own couture house, Hardy Amies Ltd. in 1946, and added ready-to-wear in 1950. In 1951, Amies designed dresses for Princess Elizabeth’s tour of Canada. After she became Queen, she appointed Amies as the

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from a late 1950s shirt - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

Label Resource : Andrade

Monday, July 05, 2010

Andrade Resort Shops were owned by husband and wife team Richard and Selma Wheeler. Established in the 1950s. By 1970 there were eleven stores throughout the Islands of Hawaii. Much of the stores’ merchandise was made in Hawaii by other well-known Hawaiian firms such as Alfred Shaheen and Kahala. The Andrade Resort Shops were known for their colorful clothes – colors that reflected those of the Islands. Written by Lizzie Bramlett, fuzzylizzie.com

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from a 1950s wedding coat - Courtesy of artzania

Label Resource : Angelo, Alfred

Monday, July 05, 2010

Alfred Angelo was established in the early 1930s by founders Alfred Angelo Piccione and his wife Edythe Vincent Piccione. They are a maker of mainly bridal dresses, but they also produce other evening wear and prom dresses. Today they are one of the largest producers of bride’s dresses in the world, and the company is still owned by the Piccione Family. The designer at Alfred Angelo is Michael Shettel. Written by Lizzie Bramlett, fuzzylizzie.com

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from a late 1960s mini-dress - Courtesy of emmapeelpants

Label Resource : Annacat

Monday, July 05, 2010

Annacat was the Biba of The Brompton Road, being formed in 1965 by friends Jane Lyle and Maggie Keswick. Although little is known about the origins of the boutique, it is easy to show the sense of fun and youthful enthusiasm which encapsulates the Boutique Movement through the designs of Annacat. They were highly favoured by British Vogue (something which Biba and Mary Quant struggled with throughout the 1960s, despite their fame and obvious charms),

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from a 1980s dress & jacket - Courtesy of pf1

Label Resource : Anthony, John

Monday, July 05, 2010

John Anthony (b.1942) founded John Anthony, Inc. in 1971, after he had spent nine years designing at Devonbrook (1959-68), and three years working for Adolphe Zelinka (1968-70). Anthony was known for his tailored and refined wrap coats and suits with flared skirts and wide-legged pants. In 1984, he took off two years from designing, but reopened in 1986. His new business concentrated on producing a small collection each season, and each garment was ordered and

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from a 1960s jacket - Courtesy of an anonymous donor

Label Resource : Apple

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Apple was a short-lived clothing boutique owned by the Beatles’ Apple Corporation. In September 1967 while filming Magical Mystery Tour, The Beatles decided to open a fashion boutique as the first venture in their newly founded Apple Corps empire. Their accountants had already acquired 94 Baker Street in London as a long-term investment and so they decided to give the “Fool” £100,000 to design and stock the new Apple Boutique in the premises. The Fool

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from a 1930s coat - Courtesy of themerchantsofvintage

Label Resource : Aquascutum

Monday, July 05, 2010

Aquascutum is one of the classic British ready-to-wear houses. Aquascutum opened in the UK in 1851 as a tailor’s making men’s clothing from a special waterproof woolen fabric. They received a royal warrant from the future King Edward VII in 1897. The Aquascutum coats were put to the test in the Crimean War. A General Goodlake was actually saved from capture when his Aquascutum cloak disguised him against the ground – one can view this

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from a 1980s ballgown - Courtesy of vintage-a-peel.co.uk

Label Resource : Arbeid, Murray

Monday, July 05, 2010

Murray Arbeid (b. 1935) started out as a pattern cutter. In 1952 he began working for Michael Sherard. Two years later, he opened his own business. Arbeid was known for his evening dresses, and in the 1980s, he designed for Princess Diana and other high-profile women. He closed his business in 1992. Written by Lizzie Bramlett, fuzzylizzie.com

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from a late 1940s gown - Courtesy of Monica Murgia

Label Resource : Arden, Elizabeth

Monday, July 05, 2010

Elizabeth Arden (1884-1966) was born Florence Nightingale Graham in Canada, but moved to the USA at age thirty to work in the beauty industry. She used her nursing training to create skin creams. Although primarily famous for her cosmetic and fragrance lines, she also created a clothing line comprising both couture and exclusive ready-to-wear. Her Fifth Avenue New York salon, famous for its lipstick red front door, opened in 1910. In the 1940s she employed

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from a pair of 1970s swim trunks - Courtesy of vintageclothesline.com

Label Resource : Arena Mark Spitz

Monday, July 05, 2010

Mark Spitz won seven gold medals for swimming in the 1972 Olympic games at Munich. He retired after the victory, and became the first swimmer to have a licensing contract with a sporting goods company. The match was the brainchild of Horst Dassler, head of Adidas France and son of Adi Dassler, founder of Adidas. He had been dreaming of a competitive swimwear line and Spitz was the ingredient he needed to make it a

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from an early 1950s slip - Courtesy of pinky-a-gogo

Label Resource : Aristocraft

Monday, July 05, 2010

Aristocraft was a lingerie label established in 1936 by the Superior Petticoat Company of New York City. In addition to petticoats and slips, they also made women’s sleepwear. The company is no longer in operation. Written by Lizzie Bramlett, fuzzylizzie.com

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from a late 1960s suede mini dress - Courtesy of emmapeelpants

Label Resource : Aristos

Monday, July 05, 2010

Aristos Constantinou opened his Aristos boutique on Carnaby Street in 1966. In 1971, he was joined by his brother Achilleas and together they formed Ariella Fashions Limited. Hence the label being ‘designed by Aristos’. They expanded from these premises into Duke Street, Oxford Street, Newburgh Street and more on Carnaby Street. In the 1970s, Punch Magazine described them as ‘the power of Carnaby Street’. They were so successful that they began to supply their clothes,

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