Thursday, March 4, 2010

Go Green Vintage Style

As you all may know my accessories bridal collection is inspired by the vintage 1920's and 30's. I wanted to expand my thoughts and my research on Vintage and how going Vintage goes Green.
Vintage is a generic term for new or second hand garments originating from a previous era. Generally speaking, clothing which was produced before the 1920s is referred to as antique clothing and clothing from the 1920s to 1980 is considered Vintage. Retro, short for retrospective, usually refers to clothing that imitates the style of a previous era. Clothing produced more recently is usually called modern or contemporary fashion. Most vintage clothing has been previously worn, but a small percentage of pieces have not. These are often old warehouse, or shop stock. These items are usually referred to by dealers as "dead stock", "old stock" or "new-old stock" and can be more sought after and more valuable than those that have been worn, especially if they have their original tags. At times, the cycle of fashion design turns to history for inspiration, and garments closely resembling original vintage (retro or antique) clothing are manufactured. Styles are generally referred to as "vintage inspired" or "vintage reproductions" depending on the faithfulness to the historical design, and serve as a convenient alternative to those who admire an old style but prefer a modern interpretation - another advantage is that, unlike the original garments, they are usually available in a range of sizes and perhaps, colours and/or fabrics.
Using Vintage clothes or fabrics is a great way for designers to go Green. Reusing these "recycled" pieces whether for inspiration of crafting helps preserve our natural resources.
Go Green...Go Vintage.

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