A.J. Bari was one of several lines designed by American designer Kay Unger as part of the Gillian Group. The A.J. Bari line was in existence from about 1972 but was closed in 1995 when Unger formed her own label.Written by coutureallurevintage.com
American designerBorn: Chicago, Illinois, 22 May 1945. Education: Studied at Washington University, Missouri, and Parsons School of Design, New York. Career: Worked for Pattullo-Jo Copeland, Gayle Kirkpatrick, and Geoffrey Beene; became designer of Traina Boutique and Traina Sport collections, 1971; created own collection; became partner at Gillian Group, 1972, with Howard Bloom and Jon Levy; lines include Gillian, Gillian Dinner, Gillian Suits, Gillian Petites, Woman, and two other prominent dress lines, A.J. Bari and GiGi By Gillian; shut down Gillian and A.J. Bari labels, 1995; launched own company with labels Kay Unger New York and Phoebe
Miss Elliette was a label owned and designed by Elliette Ellis. After studying at the Traphagen School of Fashion and working for a dress manufacturer, Ellis started her own line in 1952. She made mid-priced dinner and cocktail dresses that were very feminine, even in the 1960s and 1970s when fashion had moved in a different direction. Despite this, the line was very successful. The Miss Elliette label lasted into the 1990s.
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ILGWU or the International Ladies Garment Worker Union, was formed in 1900. In 1935 the union became part of CIO. Tags are notable for their “AFL-CIO” attribution or lack thereof. The AFL and the CIO merged in 1955, therefore any ILGWU labels with AFL-CIO (look closely, as it is often very small) on them are post-55.
In 1974 the labels were changed to a red, white, and blue color scheme. This was in conjunction with their efforts to urge Americans to not buy imported goods: Buy American: The Job You Save May Be Your Own. The ILGWU remained active up until 1995, when they merged with another union, Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, to form UNITE.
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