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Fashion Files: The Goldworm Era

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As a collector of vintage Italian knitwear from the 1960s to 1970s, I can tell you that original Goldworm pieces are becoming more expensive and harder to find these days.

If you are unfamiliar with the label, it was founded in 1928 by Samuel and Gertrude Goldworm. The company partnered with clothing manufacturers in Italy during the knitwear boom in the 1960s and transformed itself into a purveyor of quality, wearable art. Identifiable by the iconic smiling gold worm on the label, original Goldworm pieces are highly collectible and would make a unique and timeless addition to your vintage wardrobe.

Below are some vintage Goldworm knits we found on eBay and etsy this week. Click on each image to see the listing.

The classic gold worm.

Vintage 1960s Goldworm wool knit mini dress/tunic from Hottmilk on etsy. $110.

 

Vintage 1960s Goldworm keyhole dress from Planetclairevintage on etsy. $115.

 

Vintage Goldworm virgin wool knit dress on eBay. Current bid $99.

 

Vintage 1960s Goldworm young Edwardian-style dress on eBay. Currently on sale for $140.

 

Hello Mad Men lovers. Vintage 1960s Goldworm merino wool wiggle dress from ZucchiniFlourVintage on etsy. $78.

 

Vintage 1960s Goldworm dress from cloudninevintage on etsy. $94.

 

Rare price! Vintage 1960s Goldworm Navajo print dress on eBay. Current bid $9.99.

 

Vintage 1960s Goldworm 3/4 sleeve knit dress from Vintage201 on etsy. $79.

 

Vintage 1960s to 1970s Goldworm knit dress from josieovtg on etsy. $30.

 

Vintage 1960s Goldworm wool knit shift dress from VINTANTHROMODERN on etsy. $96.

 

Vintage 1960s Goldworm psychedelic print knit dress from Vintage201 on etsy. $97.

 

Vintage 1960s Goldworm wool knit shift dress from VINTANTHROMODERN on etsy. $84.

 

Vintage 1960s Goldworm silk blend, knit dress from VINTANTHROMODERN on etsy. $108.

 

Vintage Goldworm Gustav Klimt print dress on eBay. Current bid $79.99.

 

Vintage 1970s Goldworm knit sweater dress from honeydip on etsy. $68.

 

If you love Missoni you will really adore this one. Vintage 1960s Goldworm full-length knit dress from staticwhite on etsy. $40.

 

Vintage Goldworm wool knit dress with matching scarf from MissMaggiesBureau on etsy. $129.

Vintage Italian Knitwear

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Some of the best vintage knitwear came from Italy in the 1960s and 1970s, thanks to the arrival of Italy’s ready-to-wear industry. Italian fashion looked much different than Parisian haute couture at the time – it was cleaner, with impeccable construction and bold colors.

The density of vintage knitwear lends itself well to the cooler months. Below we have assembled a colorful variety of vintage knitwear (not all from Italy, but most), as seen on eBay and etsy this week. Click on each image to see the full listing.

Vintage bright red wool knit coat on eBay. Current bid $108.

Vintage 1960s to 1970s wool knit dress on eBay. $159.

Vintage 1960s Gino Paoli knit coat from LadyGoLightly on etsy. $65.

Vintage 1970s-1980s Missoni sweater from DecadesBaltimore on etsy. $200.

Vintage 1960s classic hot pink wool knit coat from VintageFanAttic on etsy. $50.

Highly collectible Banff Ltd 1960s to 1970s double knit coat on eBay. $90.

Vintage 1960s to 1970s red and black knit dress on eBay. $158 or make an offer.

Vintage 1970s candy stripey wool knit dress on eBay. $139.

Vintage 1960s lemony Jackie O dress on eBay. $30.

Vintage 1950s beige wool knit sweater on eBay. $69.

This drop waisted cut is very now. Vintage 1960s wool knit dress from RubyChicBoutique on etsy. $95.

Vintage 1960s black and gold wool knit wiggle dress on eBay. $49.

Vintage 1960s-1970s lipstick red knit sweater dress on eBay. $89.

Vintage 1950s Bianca lime green or chartreuse reversible knit dress on eBay. Current bid $35.95

Written by Verdell

September 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm