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Retro style is style that is consciously derivative or imitative of trends, modes, fashions, or attitudes of the recent past.

The term retro has been in use since the 1970s to describe[1] on the one hand new artefacts that self-consciously refer to particular modes, motifs, techniques, and materials of the past. But on the other hand, some people (incorrectly) use the term to categorise styles that have been created in the past


Retro style refers to new things that display characteristics of the past

“Retro” can be applied to several things and artefacts


: Up until the 1960s, interiors were decorated with antiques

In graphic design

Fashion design

Retro fashion refers to fashion from 1940-1990. Examples are leather handbags from the 1950s, bell-bottom jeans, Poodle skirts, big sunglasses, fedoras, funky jackets (commonly Adidas Classics) and shoes, small neckties, chiffon scarves, sport equipment,skinny jeans. Makeup may also play a part in feminine retro fashions, with focal points being heavily-lined eyes and bright red lipstick; hairstyles such as pompadours, ponytails, and ducktails may be adopted, as well as styles that model film stars of the 1940s and 1950s.

MediaFilm, music and television

The 1980s moved on to a 1960s revival with power pop being influenced by sixties pop rock. Various artists covered 1960s pop and R&B hits


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.



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