Clothing, garments or dress worn by people of all cultures since prehistoric times. The main factor that has determined the variety of clothes in different times and locations is climate. The appearance of clothing also has been affected by changing styles or fashion. Other factors include available materials and technology, sexual attitudes and social status, human migration, and tradition. Now, vintage clothes and
vintage fabrics products have definitely to do with one person's social status, his or her past experience and memories. Sotheby's is the world's largest auctioneer of fine art, and handles sales not only of vintage fabrics products but of veteran and vintage cars. In specialised shops one can purchase some vintage products like pillows, vintage quilts or some other things that you would choose to furnish your house, although those items might look worn out and second hand.
If you have already made up your mind to do cleanig yourself, vintage clothes better not wash in a washing machine. It would be reasonable to soak it throughout the day or night. Then, without stirring it up to rinse a couple of times and squeeze it but very gently. You can put it on the think towel afterwards and then let it dry out. It is better to wrap vintage clothes around the towel, in order to avoid streching. Laces should be treated in the same manner too. There is another method of cleaning such delicate things as vintage fabrics products : treatment with vey popular Oxi Clean agent.It is a powder, whic is especially good for such vintage fabrics products like tablecloths, pillows and covers, napkins, vintage quilts and similar items. You may not only wash the items above in hot wash, but even boil it if needed. Anyway, you can always consult a shop assistant in a store, or examine carefully instruction on the bottle with powder .
Once there was a period when both men amd women were wearing clean linen chemises. Once exposed, the chemise was, of course, decorated; the lace edges and frills at the neck and sleeves developed in less than 50 years into the starched and elaborate ruffs worn for another 100 years. Starched or soft, these collars developed into the lace fall, or jabot, and eventually became the cravat and then, finally, the necktie. So for special vintage fabrics products or for vintage clothes such as crepe de de shine, noil, silk linens a gentle hand washing is recommended. For multi color vintage clothes dry-cleaning is advised, otherwise colors would run. Sun exposure is not recommended. On finishing washing process it is good to add a teaspoon of vinegar to cleanse the water out of soap.
There are some remarks concerning wool. This type of cloth does not support temperature changes, so it is better to rinse the vintage cloth in the water of temperature similar
to the one you washed it in.No squeezing it, or else it would stretch and good look will be lost.
As for lace, it is better wash it with the detergent and leave it in the sun, so as to destroy any remaining spots by sunlight. But
should you wish your aged lace look like of double age, then it is better to leave it as it is. Other recommendations would be: vintage fabrics products should not be stored on hangers, not be wrapped in plastic bags and should be warn and shared by your close household people. In Prato, Italy there exists big new wool production, that copies all types of vintage fabrics products.
Nowadays there are many vintage stores especially in small towns which rich history. London is a prime city, where vintage stores filled with vintage fabrics products for decorating houses, galleries and vintage clothes, can be foung in many places downtown. Many modern designers are using vintage elements in their garments collections, introducing vintage clothes touch to modern fashion business.