From Simon Reynolds's Retromania
Like antique collecting, vintage fashion is a largely middle-class game, a taste that has to be cultivated. The further down the class ladder you go, the more value is set on things being brand new. Look at the glimpses into rappers’ homes... where spotless furnishings like white leather sofas and chrome lamps (decor that looks like it’s been transplanted straight out of Scarface) jostle with the latest hi-tech home-entertainment systems. Some rappers boast that they only wear sneakers and dazzling white T-shirts once. You can see a similar preference for the crisp and box-fresh, the same slant towards man-made fabrics and glossy, garish colours, in the clothing styles and interior decor favoured by ethnic minorities on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as the UK’s white working class, who would not be seen dead in anything that even looked old, let alone actually was second-hand.
This is a really readable and pithy book that tries to step back and assess pop culture's fascination with the immediate past. It's mostly about music but dips into fashion as well, partly because the evolution of the two as consumer expressions is strikingly parallel. Book is long-ish, occasionally repetitive and aimless, but not in a bad way. Recommended!