Monday, February 12, 2007

De Kijk van Van Dyck: The future is back

These days 2007-2008 winter's fashion is presented on the catwalks of Milano, Paris and New York. Many fashion critics point in the same direction: the sixties are back, nostalgia is king.

However, I do not believe it is right to call the newest fashion trends 'nostalgic'. In stead of 'back to the future', it is rather 'the future is back.'

The fashion trends of today do not exclusively resemble those of the sixties. Historians will confirm they also show a lot of similarities with those of the 'Belle Epoque' at the beginning of the 20th century. Two time periods of high economic prosperity, like today.

Besides that, the majority of the target group of the newest collections wasn't even born in the sixties. How can one talk about nostalgia then?

Read my entire discourse in this week's column here. (Dutch)

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