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The term rétro was soon applied to nostalgic French fashions that recalled the same period.Most commonly retro is used to describe objects and attitudes from the recent past that no longer seem modern.
Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, designers borrowed from the past, for example, classicistic style.
It suggests a fundamental shift in the way we relate to the past.
Different from more traditional forms of revivalism, "retro" suggests a half ironic, half longing consideration of the recent past; it has been called an "unsentimental nostalgia", recalling modern forms that are no longer current.
The concept of nostalgia is linked to retro, but the bittersweet desire for things, persons, and situations of the past has an ironic stance in retro style.
Retro shows nostalgia with a dose of cynicism and detachment.
Retro can be applied to several things and artifacts, for example, forms of technological obsolescence (such as manual typewriters, cash registers, and bulky hand-held cellphones) and also the resurrection of old computer games and the equipment on which they are played. Several fields have adopted the term retro from the design world.