What is the difference between vintage, antique,
and retro fashion?
Please note that as days pass, some of the
definitions will change. The reason being is that the word antique
means an item that is at least 100 years old. So a fashion item
that is not antique this year, can potentially become antique next year
(depending on when the item was produced).
As of 2017, generally speaking, clothing which
was produced before the 1920s is referred to as antique clothing
and clothing from the 1920s to 20 years before the present day is
considered vintage fashion. Again, the years used
above will change as time passes. Retrospective
which is Retro for short, or "vintage style" usually refers to clothing
that imitates the style of a previous era. Reproduction, or repro,
clothing is a newly made copy of an older garment. Clothing produced
more recently is usually called modern or contemporary fashion.
In chronology, an era is the highest level for the
organization of the measurement of time. A calendar era indicates a span
of many years which are numbered beginning at a specific reference date
In the fields of chronology and periodization, an
epoch is an instant in time chosen as the origin of a particular era.
The "epoch" then serves as a reference point from which time is
measured. Time measurement units are counted from the epoch so that the
date and time of events can be specified unambiguously.
An antique (Latin: antiquus;
"old", "ancient") is a collectable item, at least 100 years old. It is
collected or desirable because of its age, beauty, rarity, condition,
utility, personal emotional connection, and/or other unique features. It
is an object that represents a previous era or time period in human
Vintage clothing is a generic term
for garments originating from a previous era.
Retro style is style that is
consciously derivative or imitative of trends, music, modes, fashions,
or attitudes of the recent past. Retro fashion is a clothing style
which consists in wearing clothes commonly used in the past. This way of
clothing often includes garments and accessories that are characteristic
of such times, and many people use them in an exaggerated way and in
combination with current clothing. Examples are leather handbags from
the 1950s, "bell-bottom jeans", Poodle skirts, big sunglasses, fedoras,
funky jackets (commonly Adidas Classics) and shoes, small neckties,
chiffon scarves, sport equipment, etc.
A replica is a copying closely
resembling the original concerning its shape and appearance. An inverted
replica complements the original by filling its gaps. It can be a copy
used for historical purposes, such as being placed in a museum.
Replicas and their original representation can be seen as fake or real
depending on the viewer. Good replicas take much education related to
understanding all the processes and history that go behind the culture
and the original creation. To create a good and authentic replica of an
object, there is to be a skilled artisan or forger to create the same
authentic experience that the original object provides.