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Vintage, retro, shabby chic: concepts used on the Re:heritage market.

Journal article
Authors Anneli Palmsköld
Published in Ethnologia Scandinavica
Volume 48
Pages 38-54
ISSN 0348-9698
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Conservation
Pages 38-54
Language en
Keywords making, creating, prosumption, prosumers, craft techniques
Subject categories Technology and culture, Ethnology


In the article the concepts of vintage, retro and shabby chic are discussed using making as an analytical tool. What they have in common is the associations of history and the past that they arouse, and as these styles are carefully planned and even made by customers, creative elements are involved. The things that are addressed as vintage, retro and shabby chic are often transformed in one way or another before they are used. The concept of making is to be understood in a broad sense: from activities connected to consuming, such as picking and combining things, to the actual adjusting, transforming, making or crafting things in order to create a certain style and/or to create “oldness”. These kinds of processes are seen as parts of an ongoing creative practice connected to everyday life. They involve knowledge of different kinds: of history, fashion and design styles, aesthetics, craft techniques and materials. The main questions asked are what the concepts mean from a making perspective and how things addressed as vintage, retro and shabby chic affect people in processes of creating and making.

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