What's old is new

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 May, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 May, 2004, 12:00am

With runways awash in retro designs and with vintage shopping the new connoisseurship, it's time to give credit where credit is due. Enter Fashion Flashbacks, a new DVD of vintage newsreels from the 1950s and 60s, two decades that remain sources of inspiration for designers. All of the classics are featured - Pierre Cardin's mod ensembles (below), Rudy Gernreich's scandalous unisex swimsuits, Christian Dior's New Look and psychedelic Pucci prints - along with runway shows and photo shoots that are organised by decade, year and category. Order it for US$29 from www.vidcat.com or, if you really want to go retro, buy the VHS version for the same price.