desire for vintage

term frequently interchanged with "vintage" is "retro". But, in essence, retro refers to clothing, of any generation, being made in the style of a previous era -- as in the 50's-inspired clothing of the mid-80's or the 30's-styled clothing produced in the early 1970's. Every decade experiences retro-styled resurgences which flavor the work of its contemporary designers. Vintage "repro" are reproductions of authentic vintage pieces. These reproductions are copies, line by line, of specific vintage wear -- only the workmanship and textiles are modern, although some repro retailers also insist on using vintage fabrics. The repro industry has grown to meet the need of consumers for iconic vintage looks, such as bias-cut swing dresses from the WWII or the fifties' shelf-bust party dress design. Why the desire for vintage goods? One can ask -- why does a consumer choose to wear vintage, or older, used clothing? One answer might be that the quality of workmanship, tailoring and textile-design which is present in older clothing is frequently much higher than that in mass-produced and affordable lines of contemporary clothing. Vintage fabrics can contain obsolete dyes and distinctive colorations, intricate weaves and novel patterns, as well as high production values. If one searches, one can find attainable, high-end vintage clothing with craftmanship close to that seen in modern couture.