I know that you have heard them all: vintage, retro, modern, sophisticated, classic, contemporary, fresh, avant-garde, etc. I especially love them when they come out of the judges mouths on Project Runway. Them problem is perspective and I’m sure mine is somewhere others are not.
Let’s start with vintage. This, to me, is something pre-1900’s and original. In other words, it’s rare. I envision hundreds of vintage dresses tucked away in forgotten trunks in attics across the world. We don’t get to see them often, but they are lingering… to be found someday. Vintage is not something that is merely old from this century.
Retro is a throw-back. It can be a current fabric constructed from a pattern dated 1970 or 1960. While the fabric can be dated from the same era giving it authenticity, it can also be new. The design will lend itself to the name retro. For some reason corduroy bell bottoms come to mind!
Modern is simply current. Modern, by definition is something characteristic of today’s times. It’s what is popular by demand and probably hanging on the racks at all major department stores.