Thursday, December 22, 2011

STREET FASHION - SYDNEY

By Eva Fydrych
Photos by Bill Chen


VINTAGE CLOTHING

Another example of Sydney street fashion captured by our regular contributor Bill Chen.

Justine Martin - Musician / Song Writer

Dress - Vintage
Shoes from Wittner


All photos by Bill Chen

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ABOUT VINTAGE


Photo courtesy of Beautiful Clothings


VINTAGE CLOTHING is a generic term for new or second hand garments originating from a previous era. Clothing produced before 1920 is considered to be antique, worthy of collecting or displaying in a museum but not for daily wear. Most clothing produced between 1920 and the late 1970s is considered vintage by most dealers, but some will extend this cut-off date to the mid-1980s.

The term 'retro' is sometimes used interchangeably with vintage, but many vintage clothing stores only consider clothing of the 1960s and 1970s to be truly 'retro'.

Popular places to buy vintage clothing include charity-run second hand clothing shops, garage sales, car boot sales, flea markets, antique markets, estate sales, auctions, and vintage clothing shops. One of the first regular fairs that was set up specically to cater for the current demand for vintage clothing is Frock Me!. This event takes place regularly throughout the year in Chelsea, London as well as in Brighton.


Juleb boutique in Georgetown, Washington, DC (Photo courtesy of Express Night Out)

Wild-N-Crazy Vintage in Greensboro, NC (Photo by H. Scott Hoffmann/News & Record)


Vintage clothing collectors, like other collectors of history, value and record the background of an item: who wore it and to what occasion. Vintage garments designed by the following designers are particularly sought after - especially when they are representative of the designer or the era: Coco Chanel, Paul Poiret, Mariano Fortuny, Elsa Schiaparelli, Jeanne Paquin, Madeleine Vionnet, Jeanne Lanvin, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Claire McCardell, Cristobal Balenciaga, Emilio Pucci, Yves Saint-Laurent, Ossie Clark, Biba, Mary Quant, Pierre Cardin, Halston, Giorgio Armani, Zandra Rhodes, Vivienne Westwood, Thierry Mugler, Gianni Versace, and Jean Paul Gaultier.

In most cases, vintage clothing is not less expensive to own than contemporary fashions. Authentic vintage clothing does have some value in the collectibles market, so buying a vintage blouse from the 1940s or a pair of bell-bottom jeans from the 1970s should be considered an investment as well as a fashion statement.

Source: About.com, Wikipedia, Wise Geek


Celebrities in Vintage

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