Saturday, March 10, 2012

Retro Saturday

The following was taken directing from Wikipedia, the free encyclodpedia

It gives us a good definition of the term 'retro'. Plus, I didn't have anything 'ready' for today's post!! 

Retro style

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Retro is a culturally outdated or aged style, trend, mode, or fashion, from the overall postmodern past, that has since that time become functionally or superficially the norm once again. The use of "retro" style iconography and imagery interjected into post-modern art, advertising, mass media, etc. It generally implies a vintage of at least 15 or 20 years. For example clothing from the 1980s or 1990s could be retro.




The word "retro" derives from the Latin prefix retro, meaning "backwards" or "in past times" – particularly as seen in the words retrograde, implying a movement toward the past instead of a progress toward the future, and retrospective, referring to a nostalgic (or critical) eye toward the past.
In the postwar period, it increased in usage with the appearance of the word retrorocket (short for "retrograde rocket", a rocket generating thrust in a direction opposite to that of a spacecraft's orbital motion) used by the American space program in the 1960s. In France, the word rétro, an abbreviation for rétrospectif [1] gained cultural currency with reevaluations of Charles de Gaulle and France’s role in World War II. The French mode rétro of the 1970s reappraised in film and novels the conduct of French civilians during the Nazi occupation. The term rétro was soon applied to nostalgic French fashions that recalled the same period.[2]
Shortly thereafter it was introduced into English by the fashion and culture press, where it suggests a rather cynical revival of older but relatively recent fashions. (Elizabeth E. Guffey, Retro: The Culture of Revival, pp. 9–22). In Simulacra and Simulation, French theorist Jean Baudrillard describes "retro" as a demythologization of the past, distancing the present from the big ideas that drove the “modern” age.[3]

[edit]Specific types of retro

[edit]Retro art

A 1950s-era poster in pop-art style, the style on which retro art is based.
The style now called "retro art" is a genre of pop art which was developed in the 1940s and 1950s in response to a need for bold, eye-catching graphics that were easy to reproduce on simple presses available at the time in major centres. Retro advertising art has experienced a resurgence in popularity since its style is distinctive from modern computer-generated styling. Specific features include analog machine design, vintage television program etc.[4]
Perhaps the most famous example of a retro pop-art character is the more generalized form of the Ward Cleaver-styled J. R. "Bob" Dobbs-esque icon which has been widely played off, copied, and parodied.


Retrogaming is a pastime which is becoming increasingly popular where individuals play video games on vintage computers or vintage game consoles; although what constitutes a vintage or retro machine is open to debate. Typically most retro gamers are interested in Atari 2600Nintendo Entertainment SystemMega Drive,DreamcastSuper Nintendo, and classic Game Boy games and consoles. Emulation often plays a part in retrogaming if the original hardware is unavailable.

[edit]Retro fashion

A 1940s retro-style dress with turban, designed in a modern electric blue, modelled by Karlie Kloss at a 2011 Anna Sui show.
Retro fashion is a clothing style which consists in wearing clothes commonly used in the past. This way of clothing often includes garments and accessories that are characteristic of such times, and many people use them in an exaggerated way and in combination with current clothing. Examples are: leather handbags from the 50s, "bell-bottom jeans", big sunglassesfedorasfunky jackets (commonly Adidas Classics) and shoes, small neckties, chiffon scarves, sport equipment, skinny jeans[citation needed] etc. Makeup may also play a part in feminine retro fashions, with focal points being heavily-lined eyes and bright red lipstick; hairstyles such aspompadours, ponytails, and ducktails may be adopted, as well as styles that model film stars of the 1940s and '50s.

[edit]Retro erotica

Retro erotica is usually photography in the style of pinups or pornography typically dating from the 1970s or earlier. It ranges from hardcore to non-nude pinup style photography, often featuring lingerie such as girdles, bullet bras and garter belts and hosiery with hairstyles, makeup and props fashioned after those periods. Some aficionados distinguish retro (modern photography in an older style) from vintage (actual period photos or film) while others conflate the two as either retro or vintage. There are a number of web sites dedicated to both types.

[edit]Retro sport

A specific and clear example of this trend is the way in which the sport garments from the 70s and 80s are used nowadays. Soccer jackets, jerseys and t-shirts with former logos of the soccer associations are very popular; their designs commonly remember the old days by using lines in the sides and combinations of colours characteristic of those times. A specific case is the1970 FIFA World Cup held in Mexico. Its logo and font type is used in a variety of retro sport garments. Brands such as AdidasPuma and Nike have their own divisions specialized in retro products. Some soccer, baseball and basketball clubs also have re-edited their former garments to raise their sales.

[edit]Retro music

Retro, during the 1990s, referred to a new genre of music, particularly dance music, popular in the U.S. at the time and originally termed New Wave music which was in part an outgrowth of the Punk rock genre of the late 1970s and early 1980s and Psychedelic genre of the late 1960s. Many of the songs and albums termed retro at the time came about during great advancement in the development of generating music electronically (that is, with computers and electronic equipment - or Electronic music - rather than with either traditional or electromechanical instruments) and the popularization of this type of music in the mainstream. Ideas as to how broad and inclusive the Retro category of music is varied; nonetheless, not all music - not even all dance music - from the decade of the 1990s were considered Retro music. Now, in fact, retro music refers only to music that came out of the retro era.[citation needed] This psychedelic style of music is still widely listened to today.

[edit]Retro metal

In the mid-2000s, a rise in popularity of hard rock music combining classic rock elements with psychedeliaheavy metal and modern hard rock came to prominence among the Millennial Generation and others, with such bands as WolfmotherThe SwordJet and Buckcherry becoming very successful using methods of past bands such as Led ZeppelinBlack SabbathThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceThe Beatles and Pink Floyd. While the strength of the "movement" has been argued by some music critics on both sides, "retro" or "heritage metal" has become a common term for trendy hard rock.

[edit]Retro rock

Retro rock is modern original music, but influenced by all the genres of the ‘50’s and ’60’s – rock and rollbluesrockabillyrhythm and blues, west coast, psychedelia etc - without specifically fitting into any one of them.

[edit]See also


  1. ^ "French definition of ''rétro''". 1978-09-11. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  2. ^ Walker, John. (1992) "Retro"Glossary of Art, Architecture & Design since 1945, 3rd. ed.
  3. ^ Baudrillard. p. 43
  4. ^ "Bookulating Suggest-O-Mometer". Retrieved 2011-10-05.
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