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The Vintage Fashion Guild™ (VFG) is an international organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of vintage fashion.
The Vintage Fashion Guild™ (VFG) is an international community of people with expertise in vintage fashion. VFG members enjoy a wealth of resources, avenues for promoting their shops and specialties, and camaraderie with others who share a common interest and passion.
The Van Raalte Company was founded by brothers Emanuel and Zealie Van Raalte in 1913. Originally known as the E & Z Van Raalte Co., they were makers of fine gloves, nylon stockings, and lingerie. The brothers sold their interest in the business in 1927, but the name lived on to become well-known for the signature fabrics and treatments they developed and patented in the 1940s-60s, including Opaquelon, Fabulace, Petalskin, Suavette and Philmy. By 1968 the company had 16 lingerie factories and annual business worth $72 million. In 1970, Van Raalte was bought by Cluett, Peabody & Co (the Arrow shirt company), and by 1974 the business reported an annual loss of $11 million. Eventually the company was sold to Warnaco.
Written by fuzzylizzie
Courtesy of Ranch Queen Vintage
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from a 1950s slip
from a 1950s nightgown
from an early 1960s bra & panty girdle set
from a late 1960s negligee (hangtag)
from a late 1960s negligee
from a 1970s hostess gown
from a pair of 1978 lined vinyl gloves
from a 1980s nightgown