18 Oct 2012
WHAT MEANS VINTAGE ?
more participants at Jenny Matlock's Alphabet Thursday
The word vintage becomes more and more in fashion. Honnestly when I see vintage items, I see mostly things which I have worn or owned in the 60th/70th ! Until now I would have called these items old junk. But nowadays it's very "in" to possess vintage items and they became very collectable.
That made me curious to know where this word is coming from. Old things so far were called antiques. Wikipedia refers to winemaking, which is the process of picking grapes and creating the finished product. The word stems from the French word "vendange " which means exactly the same, only in French.
In the new language the word vintage does not only concern wine anymore. Now you also have vintage clothing, tablewear, toys, furniture etc. Generally speaking, vintage clothing was produced from the 1920s to 1960s. Or it usually refers to clothing that imitates the style of a previous era. Reproduction, or repro, clothing is a newly-made but faithful copy of an older garment.
Vintage clothes, the Jeans I still have only they must have shrinked a bit, the zip doesn't close anymore :)
That makes me think that I am a vintage too ! The only difference is, that I used to wear the clothes when they were freshly created. Today the demand of vintage clothes has very much increased since the early 1990s as vintage clothing was more and more worn by top models and celebrities, like Julia Roberts, Renée Zellweger, and Kate Moss etc.
My first radio looked like this one, and stands now in my son's living room as a "vintage". I remember very well the seats, as I had two like these but in different colors in my room when I was a young girl.
Even our espresso cups are vintage today, I sincerely consider to sell them. They only take space in our cupboard.
Also toys from my and my son's childhood became "vintage" even my dolls ! One is a little damaged because my mother gave it to my son when he was a toddler !
And what I wore 49 years ago is still in fashion today !