Vintage Fashion Guild
website has a "label resource" at
This is an alphabetical index of pages, each linking to a list
of labels under its letter. Some pages have as many as 50 brands,
or even more. Brands that I looked at included
their page showed labels from the 1950s,
1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, plus one fake,
a knockoff from India.
I thought I'd list the labels I've photographed,
in case it's any help in adding to such resources. I can't
vouch for the dates of any of my items, but I'm
sure there are experts who will be able to give
good estimates. If you want to use any
of the photos on your own site, please let me
know via my
Below, there's a photo, with label, of each item for which
I had a label. The little hand to the right of the brand name
links to its original blog post. The
WordPress link http://www.chromophilia.uk/blog/category/labels/ also points at those posts, plus this one.
Here's another patterned bolero jacket to go with the
Tracery in my last post. This time, the stripes are made of plastic rings sewn onto the fabric. Would one call these sequins, or do they have a special name?
Here's an impressive striped top by Nina Boutique. The reason I'm
impressed is that it's so carefully cut; one could call it sculptural. I've tried to bring that out in the last three photos.
I'm told that this top would have been made in the late 70's, perhaps on sale for evening wear from a small boutique in an area such as Chelsea or Kensington . It could have cost around £400, which would have been several weeks' wages.
I've just enhanced this website so I can tell it to display specified blog posts right across the screen, using the
space normally taken by the list of posts and other side material. I did this because I thought this jacket, by Elegance of Paris, deserved the extra magnification. As with much of my collection, it came from
This Frank Usher top is a lovely pure pink, and has very elaborate puff sleeves, gathered at the cuffs and shoulders. Despite the extra volume added to both the top and bottom of the body, it looks very good when I wear it tucked into some of my Moroccan harem pants.
According to "vintagegent.com" on The Vintage Fashion Guild's
label-resource page for Frank UsherWayback, Frank Usher started in 1946.
Its speciality was "bringing high end details and fresh off the runway inspirations at a more moderate price range, emulating such designers as Ossie Clark". Frank Usher went into receivership in 2001, was sold to management, and was then bought by the Simma Corporation.
I was surprised at the 1946. Ossie Clark was 4 at the time, so he can't have been designing
much that Frank Usher would want to emulate. Moreover,
Britain was deep in rationing and austerity, and not even the New Look had
been launched. But the date does seem to be accurate, as I've learned from
Advantage In Vintage's
"They Created Frank Usher"Wayback by "liztregenza" (19 November 2015). There already existed an almost-defunct firm called Frank Usher which was
bought by Max and Anne Bruh, Germans who moved to Britain in 1939. They
married in 1945, and
Max, a director of one of Berlin’s pre-war top fashion houses, was keen to
start his own business. For more, see the above link. It includes a copy of
the article "They Created Frank Usher" from Woman and Beauty July 1961.