January 30, 2012

Vintage Barbizon Label Library

There are a few vintage clothing labels that truly chronicle a company's styles, usually by assigning interesting stylized names to their designs. Barbizon Lingerie is among the most creative!
Its signature nomenclature is spelled out on every label, including not only the name of the style but also the name of the fabric.

After fifteen years cataloging vintage clothes, we've accumulated quite a list of Barbizon styles & fabrics:

  • Denise
  • Fleur At Ease
  • Lady At Ease (one of the best Barbizon labels we've ever seen!)
  • Pegnoir (a version of the French peignoir, which means a nightie + robe set)
Half Slips - These are a play on the word "petticoat" for a full-skirted half slip.
  • Petti Dance
  • Petti-Penny
  • Petti Pet
  • Petti-Sweet
  • Petti-Whirl
Bed Jackets
  • Ariel
  • Cadet
  • Claudia
  • Dainty Puff (the "puff" labels were used for quilted bed jackets)
  • Jodie
  • Pretti Puff
  • Puffett
  • Bon Claire
  • Capricious
  • Celeste
  • Devonshire
  • Flattery
  • Meta
  • Pennell
  • Symphony
Full Slips
  • Acclaim
  • Ariel
  • Bryn Fair
  • Bryn Fit
  • Bryn Mawr
  • Endear
  • Elegant In Nylon
  • Encore
  • Jaunty Fit
  • Rhapsody
  • Trubeau
  • Lazy Sue
  • Skipper-At-Ease
  • Roxbury

Even the proportions of the item were sometimes described on the label, with petites labeled as Little Lady or Little Miss, compared to an average height item marked as Medium Miss.

Besides the style names, Barbizon prized its custom fabrics created just for its own collection. Example fabric names are:

Batiste - Usually seen in summer-weight house coats & nightgowns
  • Blendaire Batiste
  • Glendaire Batiste
  • Zephaire Batiste
  • Crepe Remarque
  • Crepe Gartiere
  • Josette Crepe Avant
  • Rayon Crepe Lagere
  • Satin Dosche
  • Satin Seraphim
  • Satin Sylfaire
  • Taffreda (likely Barbizon's most popular fabric)
Quilted Fabrics
  • Recollection Quilt
  • Seraphim Satin Quilt

If you've seen another Barbizon style or fabric name on a vintage label, let us know!


  1. This is fabulous. I finally wore a pair of vintage pajamas that have been hanging on the cleaners hanger for years. They are a pale minty green, Barbizon Joan-at-Ease, Silk and Rayon Satin Seraphim. I love them! I'll be writing a post on the pajama party an will link to you, assuming that is okay? I love your site and all things vintage!

  2. We'd love to be mentioned in your post! Thanks so much :)

  3. Hi! I have a full slip that has the label Barbizon Excelle Crepe Remarque 14 1/2 Little Lady. It is a beautiful slip. The sides have diamond shaped gussets in them and the bust has a trapezoidal-shaped side piece. Let me know if you would like a picture.

  4. To whom it may concern:

    I have a large inventory (hundreds of items) of new, never-worn, lingerie. They are from the 1950’s, the 1960’s, and the 1970’s. They were all purchased at the Barbizon company store on River Street in Paterson, NJ. My father was one of the head printers for over 25 years (from the 1950’s through the 1970’s) and bought the items for my mom to wear and/or give as gifts. Many are still pinned and with price tags. I have half slips, camisoles, full slips, baby dolls, pajamas, night gown, night gown sets, bed jackets, bath robes, and house coats. The sizes range from small to extra-large.

    If you are interested in purchasing the Barbizon or have any questions, please contact me at osullivans6@aol.com or call my house (973) 835-7716 or cell (973) 800-5993 between 9:00am and 9:00pm Eastern Standard Time. I am located in Northern New Jersey.

    Hope to hear from you,

    Joyce O’Sullivan

  5. Hello...I was reading your blog on Barbizon Lingerie and at the bottom it says if you have label not listed to let you know. Well, I have a baby blue Barbizon Bed Jacket that has never been worn and has its original label: Meli Crepe Avant Barbizon (in script) and Silk Nylon and Dacron..I believe this was part of my elderly friends 1941 wedding trousseau...she passed in 2007 at the age of 97...I found this in her dresser all wrapped up. I will be listing this on Ebay in the next few days..Do you know anything about this label...so that I can verify the date? Thanks in advance...Sally

  6. I have a Barbizon Piquant blendaire batiste size M bed coat