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The rise of vintage fashion and the vintage consumer

Cassidy, Tracy Diane and Bennett, Hannah Rose (2012) The rise of vintage fashion and the vintage consumer. Fashion Practice: The Journal of Design, Creative Process and the Fashion Industry, 4 (2). pp. 239-262. ISSN 1756-9370

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Amongst other factors, the current economic climate appears to have contributed to the trend of acquiring and reusing vintage clothing,
accessories, and home-ware products, particularly with young consumers. The popularity of vintage has also been linked to a change in consumer
attitudes towards wearing and utilizing second-hand goods. In addition to a change in attitudes, other factors that contribute to the growth of the vintage trend include a change in values, the inclusion of vintage inspirations used in current designs by fashion designers, and in the trends marketed by the forecasting sector, eco-sustainability, the media, and technology. Also vintage consumers and vintage retailers
appear to share the viewpoint of the movement towards vintage fashion that has been assisted by a reaction against mass-produced fast fashion,
as consumers strive for more individuality in their styling and garments. Eco-fashion and sustainable fashion ideals have emerged as solutions to the environmental issues that are currently inherent in the industry’s
manufacturing processes, which have government and pressure group support. This ideal and practice complements the vintage trend
phenomenon. This article explores the principal factors and the demographics of vintage consumers in the UK and their consumption habits to better understand the appeal and scope of this growing trend.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
T Technology > TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
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Depositing User: Tracy Cassidy
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 16:32
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 11:44


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