30 Aug “THE VINTAGE GIRLS OF NEW YORK CITY :: Yes, they dress like this every day. And no, they’re not in costume.”
“Whenever Gretchen Fenston leaves her house, people always ask her the same two questions, usually in the same order. First: “Are you in costume for something?” (She’s not). Then, the skeptical follow-up, disbelief that what looks like a ton of work is a daily routine: ‘Do you always dress like this?’
Fenston has been dressing “like this”–wearing vintage clothing from the 1920s through the 1940s–since she was a teenager in San Francisco in the early 1970s. “As a young child I always wanted to be an ‘old-fashioned girl’ for Halloween,” she says. “I lived in the real world, but I wanted to live in this romantic world of an earlier time.” Since moving to New York in 1980, the fashion archivist has been part of a growing scene of vintage collectors who bring the past into the present in their daily dress. The effect is stunning and intimidating; to outsiders, it’s impossible to imagine how a person can so thoroughly evoke the past without looking like they’re in a costume.”
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