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Let's See How Much You Actually Know About Vintage Clothing

Everything old is new again.

  1. What do you call an item that's never been worn/still has tags attached?

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    It's deadstock!

    (It's way more fun to find than it sounds.)

  2. Which designer's game-changing 1947 collection spawned this silhouette?

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    It's Dior!

    The tight bodice and full skirt are trademarks of Christian Dior's "New Look" collection, which signaled a renewed opulence in fashion after WWII.

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  3. Whose print is this?

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    It's Pucci.

    This is one of Emilio Pucci's famous groovy prints in carefully considered color schemes.

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  4. What's the body of this bag made of?

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    It's canvas!

    While Louis Vuitton uses leather for handles and other details, the majority of their bags are made from coated canvas. Sorry, anyone who bought one under the wrong impression.

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  5. What is this collar named after?

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    It's named after a literary character!

    Rounded collars like this are called Peter Pan collars.

  6. Which is the best way to tell if this is Bakelite?

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    You have to smell it!

    Warm suspected Bakelite with your hands or water, then sniff it for a trace of formaldehyde. Yum!

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  7. What's this kind of dress called?

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    It's a shirtwaist!

    It's a great style whose name is pretty well known for an unfortunate reason — the tragic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

  8. Which Prime Minister is this kind of collar named for?

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    It's Jawaharlal Nehru!

    Jawaharlal Nehru was the distinctively dressed first Prime Minister of India, hence the phrase "Nehru collar."

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  9. What kind of motif is this?

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    It's atomic!

    This and similar prints were popular in the mid-20th Century, and tend to be in high collector demand.

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  10. Who do you think made this top?

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    It's Pierre Cardin!

    Cardin is known for incorporating cutouts and geometric elements into his designs.

  11. What kind of fur is this?

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    It's monkey!

    Controversial, but still very cool looking.

  12. Finally, what quality could make these jeans a total score?

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    It's the "big" E!

    An uppercase "E" on your red Levi's tab indicates jeans made before 1971 that can, if authentic, be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars.

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