It's a very useful term covering all things fashion, home, entertainment and art which are reminiscent of a previous period of history. Although Wiki cites 'retro' as being a cynical look at the past, in a fashion or housewares sense, retro has come to mean chic and kitsch.
|Cath Kidston DAB digital radio styled like a retro wireless|
'Retro' dresses includes minis from the swinging 60s, boho hippy maxis from the seventies, batwing neons from the 1980s and plenty more besides! Here are some McCalls pattern classics from these decades...
|1960s mini dress patterns|
|1970s dress & trouser patterns|
|1980s dress patterns (spot those shoulder pads!)|
It's really interesting to see how certain styles come and go around the fashion wheel; the hippy chick bell bottom trousers we associate with the 1970s are a re-interpretation of the wide leg high waist styles of the 1940s. The skinny jeans we see almost everywhere today are a modern take on the cigarette pants Audrey made so famous. Rather than seeing Retro as a cynical take on yesteryear, I prefer to think of it as an acknowledgement of classic styles.
|1970s trousers (On Raquel Welch)|
|Audrey Hepburn in her famous Cigarette Pants|
|Skinny jeans from Saks, fifth Avenue NY|
|1970s maxi dress pattern|
|Edwardian dress c.1910|