First of all, we will do a summary of common characteristics in
the works of Romanticism

Interest in the common man and childhood

Strong senses, emotions, and feelings

Awe of nature

Celebration of the individual

Importance of imagination

The French Revolution of 1789, the appearance of department stores in 1850 and the development of certain transportation means (such as the railway and the steamship), the gradual imposition of a bourgeois mentality; as well as the triumph of the first tailoring firms or the founding of fashion magazines set up a new perception of society radically opposed to revolutionary ideals. In fact, Ladies and gentlemen succumbed to fashion and trends.

Thus, Romanticism determined a new archetype of femininity. It imposes a model of femininity where women were beautiful, fragile and submissive objects.  Therefore, their aims were reduced to finding the ideal husband and being the one who wore the prettiest dress.

So, in the Romantic period, the corset returned to highlight the feminine silhouette. Because of this, the one piece dress or the dress consisting of a skirt and a bodice were the basic garments. On one hand, the skirt has a flared hem with decorative elements on the calf. For its part, the waist draws all the attention: an inner corset and an outer belt were used to enhance the waist and reduce its circumference. In the same way, the sleeves follow the same line as the skirt, these are padded to create a visual effect that increases the sensation of lightness and slenderness of the silhouette.

Thus, lapels and knitted collars covered the dresses at the top, they plug the chest, even without having no deep necklines.

Are you familiar with this style?

Indeed, this trend has come back

today. The shops are full of shirts

and dresses with lapels, as well as

puffed sleeves.


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