Beyond Vintage

Return to the past, but not in any way: assuming as documents representing concerns such as environmental sustainability and respect for fashion as a cultural document.

When we talk about vintage fashion we refer to garments created in the range of the twenties to the eighties of the last century. Parts prior to the 1920 would be considered ancient, while retro would be more a retrospective that can be expressed in a reproduction, and that will never have the characteristics of manufacturing nor the original spirit that created it; also a version with materials would be vintage and a style inspired by the nostalgia that has become so popular since the 1990s.

But how is it that the old is now the new black or trendy? There are many reasons, ranging from the rise of this style in cinema and television with actresses such as Julia Roberts, Chloe Sevigny, Kate Moss and Dita Von Teese, among others, through the glorification of what has been done at hand and unique pieces as original seal of the fashionists dictating the trends.

Another explanation for this boom of the vintage lies in the changes that has been trading online since the recession in 2008 when fashion brands have been forced out of their inventories, in the same way that collectors of many of his vintage pieces. All these changes resulted in the “glamorizacion” of sales of closets private portals such as,,,, among others, as well as flea markets online at shops like Ebay or Etsy. In this same way, Bib and Tuck (, of the Colombian Sari Azout and Sari Bibliowicz, has a very creative model in which the young fashionistas can “sell” your clothes and receive “credit” to buy in the closets of others in the same portal.

Such is the frenzy that generates this style, all a celebrity from the world of fashion, the writer for Vogue, Lynn Yaeger journalism, is now the curator of vintage for shop fashion. The first collection is called Mezurashi Hakken or “Strange findings” and it’s a very special selection of parts icon of Japanese designers of the 1980s such as Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons; Junya Watanabe, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Kenzo Takada and Kansai Yamamoto, all designers and thinkers who have changed the way see forms, colors, gender, and luxury. According to Yaeger, “these garments are as interesting today as when they were created. They are unique pieces that defined a historical moment and that can dress perfectly in the present.”

New way of consumption

Together with explanations about this interesting resurgence, excels the deepest and most relevant of all: the importance that has taken the theme of sustainability and responsibility of consumers that can materialize in actions such as recycling of materials, the new look to ancestral techniques, re-invent and reuse of old with new interventions, the recovery of knowledge and reverence for the trades in endangered. With this new vision that goes beyond the simple trend vintage have come a number of thinkers or philosophers of fashion is taking a very chest these new definitions and responsibilities and express them with shapes and textures.

A new generation of creators who share the thought of their role as catalysts of a whole movement needed to manifest itself until it is too late. Expressions are individual and unique, but the message is collective: sustainability is the new context and content of the current fashion.

Selena Gibbous

( is defined as curator and as recipient of collective messages contained in materials from the past: my job is as a fabric between history, nature and my hands. It is known for its fusion of the old and the new with a deep respect for the past. His contribution is to give a new life to old clothes so that they remain and pass from generation to generation. Her mantra is waste not, want not (not wasted and not want superfluous) & mend and make do (mend and make something work).

Cara Marie Piazza

This designer, New York, is dedicated to collect organic waste from the city’s restaurants that follow the trend of the field to the table. Thus, she manages a unique in its colors Alchemy according to what the Earth gives each season: onions, pomegranate, avocado, carrot and kale generate unique effects with a great message.

Sass Brown

The English writer of fashionable Sass Brown says in his book Refashioned (opur site): “for me, the vintage is fashion made with quality textiles, perfect finishes and with an intention of permanence in time.” They are made with care and honey.”

Milena Silvano

(our site) uses shells and other organic ingredients in its work to naturally dye and to meditate on the cycles of the nature that invite you to not waste anything and understand the cyclical aspect of life. It uses skins of old coats or pieces that the industry does not use. You are very interested in the concept of dead inventory and all that group of textures that are forgotten for many reasons. Recycling, for her, has to do with the intrinsic value of a garment, i.e. that what does not work for someone, can have great value for someone else. Objects, such as the lives of the people, are in constant motion and their metaphors and meanings can also be made part of this change.