What Is Vintage?
What is vintage? Many people cannot accurately define "vintage" because the word has several meanings. For most, the word "vintage" makes a bold statement and paints a picture of something being old. Clothing is considered old if the style has been attached to any year prior to 1980. The word vintage to a connoisseur of fine wine may mean an old bottle of wine. Vintage wine actually denotes when the grapes are picked and when the wine is made. Wines that have been made in 2000 can be considered vintage wine.
In the fashion industry, millions of dollars are spent purchasing clothes that date back to the early 40s and 50s. There are stunning dresses being worn by many celebrities. Julia Roberts looked fabulous in a vintage Valentino gown at the 2001 Academy Awards. A ball gown worn by President Lincoln's wife in 1861 is considered vintage along with a dress that President Nixon's wife wore in 1970.
Vintage does not mean that the product is pricey or worthless. A brand new pair of vintage washed corduroy trousers can be purchased for around $50. Used vintage sailor trousers can be found for $34. Herringbone sailor pants or a drive-in dress are welcome additions to the wardrobe of a vintage clothing lover. Consumers have enormous appetites for clothing that dates back twenty or 30 years. Teenagers are some of the major consumers.