As my kids have grown into adults and I have seen them and their friends mix and matching clothes from previous decade , have seen them “borrow” from Gerardine and my wardrobes and have seen them and their contemporaries re edit great dance tracks from before they were born, I realise more and more the value in vintage and the how “looking back to look forward” is a progressive way of making sure that great music, fashion, design and culture never dies, stays available for future generations and is re-evaluated like all great things should be.
Those of us who have been going to soul clubs all our lives and were there in the golden years of Northern soul, Funk and Disco were overwhelmed at Vintage 2010 when the Soul Casino was bouncing with 1500 people of all ages to the underground and rare music that has “moved” us all our lives. The vast majority will not have heard most of the record that were being spun, but the beat, the soulful vocals, the sheer joy of the music gave people a shared high and hundreds of open minded folk discovered timeless music that was new to them. I have a friend who had never been introduced to soul music before and now he’s spending a few quid on I Tunes every week on a voyage of soul discovery.
Timeless design deserves an airing for every new generation. Robin Day’s classic chairs, Lucienne Day’s amazing fabrics , the sharp manly cut of a 60s 3 button mod suit, quiffs, oxford bags, diaphanous dresses are all as vital as the day they were designed.
Vive La Vintage