costume or vintage apparel?

This video by Camera Obscura got me thinking about the difference between vintage clothing trends and period costume. This is obviously telling of my lack of fashion knowledge. I am curious how one draws the line between a costume and vintage apparel. Of course, there is the issue of creative appropriation, wherein a piece of clothing from a previous era is incorporated or otherwise adapted into a contemporary wardrobe. But what about the ladies in the video, aren’t their getups simply costume, as there does not seem to be any effort to ‘update’ their garments?


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