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Fashion: Is it truly vintage?

In Columns on October 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm

By: Tinsley Tullos

       Vintage was once a term more often applied to wine and cars, but it is now the superlative of the fashion world. This term was introduced into the wardrobe vocabulary around the nineties and was used to describe someone as individual, original and the furthest thing from a catwalk clone. Vintage meant hours of searching through abandoned racks and junkyard sales, but now holds the spot of in-store boutiques such as Urban Outfitters and Miss Selfridge.

What could be more inquiring than a closet full of garments worn by years of men and mistresses? By comparison, almost nothing. Photo courtsey of Google images

 

       Stores that began as one-off shops are now located on infamous streets. Vintage is now a staple of just about every store and is the farthest from original. Demand for unavailable supply and soared prices have resulted because of this.  While old clothing was formerly known as “bargain buckets,” it is now priced higher than the most current fashions of today. Vintage garments can now be found not only on the pedestrian streets of society but also on the high-fashion runways of the world.

       Strikingly enough while these pieces remain as modern outlets, they are also becoming a thing of the past. The word “archive” is now introduced to instill value from before the vintage ages. These ages can be defined as anything included in the 60s, 70s and 80s decades. Archive pieces are older and therefore more rare and attractive especially to serious collectors.

       If one is unsure where to obtain some of these pieces in the small town of Fort Mill, they may find bliss at The Vintage Store located on Main Street. Once inside, one will be greeted by a lovely lady ready to help dive into the realms of musty racks. Garments, both used and some with remaining price tags, can be found at the expense of almost nothing. Pieces can be worn in traditional style or made new with added creative touches.

       While still more creative than brands such as Hollister and American Eagle, vintage has become almost embarrassing to wear.  If one would stop and take the time to decide why he/she once fell in love with a certain piece of clothing, one would find that he/she once found it unique and original. The key is to now look for archive pieces that hold meaning and value. The effect of archives can be quirky, cool and often a vent for artists, designers and creators of all genres. What could be more inquiring than a closet full of garments worn by years of men and mistresses? By comparison, almost nothing.

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