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The fashion meaning of retro, first applied to clothes in the 1970s, refers to styles that are either copied or adapted from earlier periods. The retro reference was coined by London designers, and soon became a common coin throughout the fashion world. Thus the prefix for backward became a catchword for fashion in retrograde, fashion in retrogression-or retrospective fashion. While the word retro was “new” in the style context, the concept of bornagain fashion was not.
Retro is Relative
Fashion has often taken the past as inspiration. In the 1910s, Paul Poiret’s fashions were inspired by the Directoire, the style of French design in the mid-1790s, which itself used Greco-Roman forms and Egyptian motifs.Related Articles
The Neoclassicism of the 1790s alluded to the political heritage of Greek democracy and the Roman Republic, while later Egyptian motifs memorialized Napoleon’s conquest of Egypt. Poiret’s Neoclassicism, however, seems to have had…
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