What do you consider vintage and what do you considered retro (in regards to fashion)? I’m actually not sure and did a search on Wikipedia, here’s what it said:
Vintage clothing which was produced before the 1920s is referred to as antique clothing and clothing from the 1920s to 1980s is considered vintage.
Retro is a culturally outdated or aged style, trend, mode, or fashion, from the overall postmodern past, that has since that time become functionally or superficially the norm once again. The use of "retro" style iconography and imagery interjected into post-modern art, advertising, mass media, etc. It generally implies a vintage of at least 15 or 20 years.
Personally I don’t think 70’s fashion as vintage, it just seemed more retro but I really don’t know what made me come to this conclusion. 50’s fashion definitely feels vintage to me but again I just assume it is.
What do you think?
wow, gorgeous! It's more like a 'repro', right? (LOL)
I'd like to clear this up from a fashion history perspective. This is part of the subject for my dissertation!
In most peoples understanding 1980 up until 2000 counts as Retro, 1920 to 1979 vintage and before is antique. But in actuality:
Retro is the term used for something that is influenced and styled by the past. But no particular era. So you could buy something in a store that was new but looked like a 1950s dress and that would be retro.
Most of the other words like vintage and antique are generally superfluous. Vintage is a term used to describe second hand clothing since the 1990s when it became fashionable and designers had to re-brand the term second hand in order to get people to buy distressed or worn before clothing.
My dissertation looks at dressmaking throughout the 20th and 21st centuries and the interpretation of these terms within the dressmaking community especially when it comes to using dress patterns and fabrics from the past!