Judging A Shirt By Its Label

I found this vintage Céline chain print shirt at the Goodwill on Saturday afternoon. It’s not always easy to date vintage finds, so I’m going to date it using this process of elimination.

CLUE #1
While established in 1945, Céline did not branch out into ready-to-wear until the 1960s.

CLUE #1
Ira-Berg went out of business in 1997. Therefore the shirt must date from between 1960 and 1997.

CLUE #3
Equestrian and chain prints were mad popular in the 1990s. Although they were also big in the ’70s (check out Phoebe Philo in vintage Céline on the cover of The Gentlewoman).

CLUE #3
The cut hints at the ’70s — high armholes, tight cuffs and it is not very long, suggesting that it comes from an era of high-waisted pants. However, the label in the ’70s usually had a little horse and carriage logo. And fabric care symbols (as opposed to written instructions) came into wide use in the 1990s.

So I’m going with the (early) 1990s on this one.