Retro Retro ‘Retro’ is a by naleeya



‘Retro’ is a 1970s term made current by French writers commenting upon
the postmodernist fashion for artists, designers and film-makers to
revive and recycle past styles, often very recent ones. A shop called
Retro duly opened on the Tottenham Court Road in 1975, and by 1979 the
backlash had started with feminist art critic Lucy Lippard coining the
term ‘retrochic’ to denote ‘a reactionary wolf in countercultural
clothing’. Much retro involves the uncritical and gratuitous
appropriation of traditions and styles from other ethnic groups under the
often spurious name of art.

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