A summer of 80s clothes may have brought back some nostalgic memories for some but, in other ways, it also has brought about new challenges for those seeking to preserve their legacy.
For some, a new generation of collectors and consumers may have a harder time keeping up with the trends.
“I think we’ve kind of lost a little bit of that magic in terms of the retro fashion.
It used to be, ‘Oh, this is cool, and it’s for the 80s’,” said Lauren Sime, curator of the collection at the Museum of Modern Art’s collection of vintage fashion.”
Now, it’s kind of like, ‘Hey, you’ve got to be cool and you have to dress in this thing.'”
Sime said she has noticed a shift in what her collectors are doing with their vintage clothing.
“It’s a lot less about looking at what’s popular in the 80ies, what the current fashion is, what’s cool, what you could wear in the 90s,” she said.
“And it’s really more about, what can I wear that’s a little more modern, more contemporary, more playful?”
Sime has noticed that she is more interested in finding outfits that are not necessarily retro and less about buying retro pieces.
Sime, who has been collecting vintage fashion for more than 15 years, said she was not surprised to see more collectors interested in buying vintage.
“When I first started, I was very, very young, and I had no idea what a vintage was,” she explained.
“That was really the first thing I realized.
It’s all about the look.
It was like, who cares if it’s made in 1900 or 1930, I just want it to look good.”
As a child, Sime said, she loved looking at vintage clothing and often found herself buying vintage clothing in the thrift store.
“You see it, you say, ‘Well, that’s really cute,’ and you feel so bad,” she recalled.
“But it’s not just about the clothes, it was all about being able to look at it and talk about it.
And that’s something that I’m always looking for.”
A lot of people that have collectors’ interests, that have a history in fashion, they’re very interested in vintage and they want to know what is the look, what is what is that piece of clothing that was worn?
“Simes said that as more people are interested in looking at retro clothing, they are also more likely to be looking at older pieces, which could mean that there are fewer vintage pieces in a store.
Simes also said that vintage is a lot more important for collectors, and said she believes that a lot of the collectors who are buying vintage have no idea they are buying old.”
It just means that you’ve bought something that’s been around forever, and you’re looking for something new.””
And that’s one of the things that’s interesting is, when you buy vintage, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re buying an old piece of clothes.
It just means that you’ve bought something that’s been around forever, and you’re looking for something new.”
For Sime and other collectors, buying vintage is not just a way to show their love for the past but also to keep an eye on what’s going on in the fashion world.
“In my own opinion, a lot people don’t really care about what’s happening in the world anymore, so why would they care what’s been going on?” she said, adding that it is important for people to keep in mind that they are not going to be buying items that are outdated.
“If you’re not going out and buying items from the 80’s, you’re just not going shopping anymore,” she concluded.
“I think it would be very nice if we didn’t have to deal with what’s currently going on, but if we had to, it would help us keep up with what we’re doing.”
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