First of all, our lives would be incomplete without watching this Burda disco video:
Burda has been publishing the Vintage issue for the bast few years – we’ve had 1950s and 1960s so far, which means it is time for the 70s! Sadly, I was hoping for more disco swag jumpsuit styles, but Burda went a bit more with the hippie flower power dresses, which, while probably more representative of the era, just aren’t as much fun. They’ve also named all of these style, sort of similar to the indie pattern company trend. Let’s see what all we’ve got:
The “Dusty” – Burda has styled the newer version as a jumper, over a turtleneck top, but I’m rather partial to the vintage photo – the cut out maxi dress is definitely something I’d wear during the summer. Maybe not with the crazy rick-rack, but, in general, I like it.
The “Jerry” – The silver disco ball updated version is a bit much, and the floral style from back in the day is totally dated. I’m not sure I see much use for this pattern in my current wardrobe, but I could see hacking this down to shirt length for some nice shoulder details.
The “Donna” – Have to say I’m not sure why Burda styled the modern version with the white top underneath, but this could be a really lovely evening gown. Simple, and great for showing off busy fabrics, as they’ve done in both the modern and vintage photos. Love the silhouette and the neckline. Simple, but classic. Great pick for the Vintage issue this year.
The “Joni” – Normally I don’t wear vests, but I’m kinda digging it in the vintage photo. Not loving the fabric choices in the modern version, but the idea of how to wear it is pretty cool.
The “Ali” – Really classic blazer. The extra pointy collar is sort of a cool detail, but I think it really dates this style, which might not make it as practical in the modern wardrobe. Love the rest of the details though; a bit of frankenpatterning might be in order.
The “Nina” – Bomber jackets are all the rage right now, and this one has some nice details. Fabric choice will be the key difference between cool on trend piece and vintage throwback I think.
The “Meryl” – Love this! The styling on the modern version is perfection. It looks super simple to sew as well. Might have to figure out what fabric I can use for this project.
The “Sissy” – I think I might actually own the vintage magazine this comes from. Love the pants – I’m always digging a good flare. The jacket has potential too.
The “Jodie” – I’m not sure where I would ever wear this, but I sort of like the color blocking going on here.
The “Diane” – This vest looks a bit too fussy in the modernized photo, but looks really chic in the vintage photo. Again, not something that I’d easily find a place for in a modern wardrobe, but could be cool depending on styling.
The “Cher” – This wasn’t exactly the cool disco funk jumpsuit I was imagining when I was hoping for the 70s era, but the styling in the modern photo has sort of sold me on the wearability of the pattern.
And that’s it! While I’m a bit disappointed that this issue didn’t have more crazy disco costumes, or some of the stunning coats that made appearances in the original 1971 magazines (seriously you guys, I eBay’ed the shiz out of 1971 because those coats are gorgeous), I’m pretty happy with most of the choices. I really like the “Donna” dress, the “Meryl” vest/jacket/thing, the “Sissy” pants, and possibly the “Nina” bomber jacket (though I think I’ve got other patterns that I’d rather use instead). What do you all think? Does Burda make you want to bring the 70s to life? Or should they stay stuck in the past? Feel free to discuss in the comments!