Mining from the past is never a problem, in fact it’s inspiring, but the term “vintage” now includes almost all second-hand clothing to the ageing processes used to achieve a worn-in look. Vintage clothing no longer means a rare find from an era gone by. Especially with the mass manufacturing of the ’80’s and ’90’s. Handmade from those eras are a different story, but I digress…
Vintage was defined as an item that was at least 25 years old, according to Vintage Textiles, which specializes in vintage and 18th century costume. For the past few years, styles didn’t have to wait too long to acquire that title. The current ’90’s trend is about 20-15 years old. So the huge difference in the past 25 years is how we’ve gotten our info, and the amount we’ve taken in. Faster, more connections, more choices, more sources, etc….with all this info, we’re aware of all the cool and quirky styles of the past, and we don’t want to wait.
On that note, Black Velvet Circus is a line of new, retro, and vintage clothing. Their view is, “vintage can be fast forward,” according to the article “Fast Forward Vintage,” on the Style Bubble blog, they are part of a new wave of vintage sellers, stylists, and designers that mix the old with the new, in sustainable and brave new ways.
The idea of fast-forward vintage is the awareness that the item is not necessarily a rare find, but more of a definitive look of the past, that’s mixed or worn in a new way to make it current, not retro. The snobbery is taken out of the vintage ideal, and clothes are now being appreciated by quality of silhouettes, colors, prints, fabrics, textures, and irony in themselves. The more removed from current dominant trends the better. This creates a starting place for a new aesthetic of contemporary styling. Formerly “ugly” styles, such as the “Cosby sweater,” MC Hammer pants, fanny packs and 90’s Carol Little dresses have been co-opted by new designers, while finding the originals in second-hand shops is considered a score. Speeding up Laver’s Law on the timeline of fashion.
Photos below from Black Velvet Circus http://blackvelvetcircus.com/