What is vintage?

Vintage is not a term recognized by the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE). It is an English word that can be translated as “vintage”, although it is used in our language to designate old objects of artistic design and of good quality.

In determining the etymological origin of the term vintage that we are dealing with now, we would have to make it clear that it emanates from the Old French word Vendage, which in turn is the result of the Latin word vindemina. The meaning of the concept has a logic. In the past, wineries used the term to designate the wines they produced with their best vintages and that were aged. The idea of ​​vintage later spread to other products, especially those related to fashion or design.

Today we speak of vintage as a retro or classic style. Vintage creations seek to recreate or imitate old products that are still valued. Other vintage products are truly vintage (like dresses from previous years’ collections, used sneakers, etc.). In this sense, vintage favors recycling, as products that should be out of fashion return to the present without being discarded. Those who appeal to vintage tend to keep old objects because, due to trends, they can be re-evaluated at any time. In recent years, vintage fashion has established itself as a true reference on catwalks around the world. So much so that this circumstance allowed the opening of a significant number of stores specializing in this type of clothing that are committed to the trends that have become protagonists in the past. But not only that. In addition, there has been the launch of a number of events and fashion fairs that revolve around it, given the explosion and reception it has had around the world. A good example of this is the Feira de Moda Vintage España, which has been taking place in Madrid for several years in October, and which takes place in the well-known attic of the Chamartín Station. Vintage is usually based on several pillars, such as quality (they are often handcrafted products or with first-rate raw materials), exclusivity (they are usually products that were manufactured in small quantities), history (the value that the passage of time gives ) and style (associated with refined taste). All this without forgetting that other brands that define it are its economical price, a perfect finish and also the fact that many men and women choose to buy vintage pieces not to wear them, but simply to be part of their collection as a mere artistic pleasure. . Model, actress and dancer Dita Von Teese is one of the greatest exponents of vintage fashion, wearing corsets and other pieces that characterize bygone eras. However, the always controversial British model Kate Moss, the successful American singer Katy Perry or the famous public relations Olivia Palermo also bet on this type of clothing.

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