The term vintage is a term of relatively recent use that serves to designate fashion or design styles that base their main characteristics on the recreation of elements of past styles, from other decades, with some touch-up or element of creativity of their own. Many times, vintage styles are authentic creation although in other cases you can also talk about vintage when referring to elements of those times that are still serving today (for example, clothes that were used by grandmothers and today the they use the granddaughters).
Although the term can be applied to any type of product or element, it is more common to hear that something is vintage when talking about phenomena such as fashion, interior design, industrial design, advertising , personal styles (hair or makeup ), music , etc. In other words, everything that has to do with creativity and with the idea that something from past eras is recreated or reused in the present. The breadth of the term also becomes visible in the fact that many times vintage things or elements are seen as high quality elements but other times it can also mean poor quality products or antiques that are in poor condition. That is, it depends on the particular use that is given to the term, it can have positive or negative connotations.
Due to the constant evolution of society, the return to elements that at other times caused anger is something common and even understandable if one takes into account that as time passes, tastes, interests, the search for novelties and originality are things that change easily and go to and from opposite poles. Thus, it is common to see in fashion that garments, prints or styles are used again that a few years ago were criticized and considered very old fashioned.