The Adjective


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.

Sophisticated is another word that is highly used in our sewing worlds.  This is a word that is reality based.  It simply means pleasing or satisfactory.  In more depth it means refined tastes due to exceptional education.  In other words, an artist, after art school, will have a more refined eye for sophistication than they did prior to education about art.  In my eyes it’s all reality based because what may look sophisticated to me may look boring or poorly designed to another.
While I can go on and on – you can hopefully see where I am going with this.  It’s all subjective to the individual person that is looking at a garment or accessory.  You can debate the adjectives but at the end of the day, it’s what you think and feel that matters.  You feel it and can attach any adjective you’d like to it, but remember that others may see it differently.  AND – it doesn’t make you right or others right.
NOTE:  The image above was found on Pinterest.