what is vintage..?
It is a question I have been struggling with for a while now - what makes something vintage.
I seem to come across fabric that claims to be vintage but whilst the design maybe 'retro' or 'vintage' the fabric itself is new - surely making it reproduction rather than vintage. Or fabric that is only, at most, 10 years old being called vintage - are the 90s really vintage? Does it mean that fabric I have had in my store for several years now could legitimately be called vintage?
Are 1960's/70's vintage? or retro? A vintage car is a car built between 1919 and 1930 and for an item to be called antique it has to be over 100 years old (or pre-1830 depending on where you search for the definition). Why can't there be a tight definition for fabric, buttons and trimmings? But then if there were how would you date the item correctly - they are not like books that give you publication details.
Or should it be regarded like wine - vintage can be any year, recent or distant past, where the product is of a particularly high quality.
Or should it just adhere to the dictionary's definition " old-fashioned; dated; outmoded"?
I have a lot of questions, certainly no answers - so your homework this week is an essay entitled 'Vintage is in the eye of the beholder. Discuss.'
And of course the really big question - Does it Really Matter?