We swear by vintage. This classy and sophisticated style of clothing takes inspiration from history and admires the old style of design with a chic, modern elucidation. Generally, vintage refers to the period between 1920’s to 1960’s which gained popularity in the early 90’s. It typically includes clothing and accessories that is more than 25 years old and involve legacy, value, craftsmanship, style and worth. The genre emulates the style of the preceding era, in particular those from the 18th, 19th or 20th centuries. One of the major attractions towards wearing vintage is that, it gives one the possibility of wearing a distinctive piece from history, is environmentally friendly along with a beautiful individualistic design. It brings out the exclusivity of the era in which the piece was produced; a specific standard, aesthetic, design and fashion. The giant fashion houses, particularly known for their taste and design of the vintage apparels and principally representative of this period are (don’t let your jaw drop): Coco Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent, Mariano Fortuny, Christian dior, Vivienne Westwood, Emilio Pucci, Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, Pierre Cardin and the likes. Many times, these exclusive garments are bought by museums as well as designer houses themselves to fill spaces in their archives, for future auctions or merely for the artistic value and excellence of the attire in question. The trend enjoyed increased acceptance when stars such as Julia Roberts, Kate Moss and Renee Zellweger were spotted in vintage pieces, each flaunting a well crafted dress from one of the elite designer houses.
Collecting vintage has also become a wise means of investment which clearly signals your “above the trend” status. Collectors have been spotted gathering a 1990 Christian Dior, a 1993 Louis Vuitton or a Hermes Birkin limited edition bag, knowing that these items will eventually turn into assets. One of the essentials of a classic vintage piece is that it must be a limited supply, top quality product and must belong to another period. At Sotheby’s and Christies, the prime auction houses, vintage dresses are often auctioned with a massive exchange of money. Christies states,
“People fall in love with the history behind a piece. We sell pieces with royal connections, like the massive sale of Princess Diana’s dresses in 1997 [before her death], or the iconic black Givenchy dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.The bidding reached a whopping £410.000.”
In recent times, the demand for vintage pieces with an identified heritage connection to any of the big fashion houses has reached an unprecedented level, never before was there such a sudden spurt for Chanel and Valentino belonging to the early to mid 1900’s. The current trend towards collecting these hard-to-find and exquisite pieces symbolises a better fashion expertise which is far more gratifying and satisfactory than picking something from the designer’s down the street store.
Vintage fashion is both global and modern with an old world charm and has an appeal that transcends boundaries and generations. We are constantly on the look-out for those stand alone pieces, here’s hoping we’ve inspired you enough to collect your own assortment of valuables too.
Our picks! These classy pieces have been collected and combined to give you a fair idea of what we’ve appreciated and worshipped over time.