“I started buying vintage originally because I couldn’t afford the kinds of designer clothes that appealed to me, and I saw that many of the designers I liked best were referencing the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s.

“So, for instance, I would see a Vivienne Westwood suit in a magazine, and then I would buy a 1940s suit and have it tailored to my corseted waist and padded hips. I always felt like a very ordinary looking girl, and I found that dressing in a unique way made me feel less ordinary and more glamorous.

I love vintage clothes because they seem to make extravagance less costly to obtain.

“I love vintage clothes because they seem to make extravagance less costly to obtain, and I like to imagine the story behind each piece. Who wore it, where did she wear it, and who did she meet? Was it her favorite hat? Did she save up for it? I love the mystery of vintage clothes.”

—Dita Von Teese, burlesque performer, on the allure of vintage clothing.