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Performing Vintage: The Cultivation and Dissemination of Vintage Sensibilities at the Brooklyn Flea
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, Fashion Studies.
2014 (English)In: Canadian Review of American Studies, ISSN 0007-7720, E-ISSN 1710-114X, Vol. 44, no 2, 214-239 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Vintageas a fashion term is difficult to pin down. While some scholars argue that vintage only applies to fashion items that are at least twenty years old, others argue that it is also an easily manufactured and commodifiable sensibility. This article offers a revised definition of vintage as performance and bridges the fields of fashion studies, cultural studies, and ethnography. Using the Brooklyn Flea in Brooklyn, New York, as my primary research site, I use interviews and in-depth ethnographic observation to provide a new framework through which we can come to understand the Brooklyn vintage phenomenon and observe an example of aesthetic renewal in a vibrant consumption landscape. I suggest that, through this case study and through the lens of performance, we can come to understand vintage as produced in interactions between cultural actors (principally the consumers and purveyors of vintage objects) and disseminated by street-style photographers, who spread images of the flea online to the virtual viewing public.

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2014. Vol. 44, no 2, 214-239 p.
Keyword [en]
Brooklyn, Fashion Studies, Vintage, Performance, Ethnography
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Cultural Studies
Research subject
Fashion Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-106622DOI: 10.3138/cras.2014.S03ISI: 000340590500005OAI: diva2:737412
Available from: 2014-08-12 Created: 2014-08-12 Last updated: 2015-03-13Bibliographically approved

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