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Fashion in the Romantic Era
Transcript of Fashion in the Romantic Era
During this period, the waistline of many women were dropping and skirts were becoming fuller. Skirts were also typically cut or gored in an A-shape with the narrowest part of the skirt being placed at the top and the fullest part of the skirt at the bottom.
By 1841, the whalebone corset became popular serving as both a foundation to support the outer layers and as a measure of internal female decency. Clothing of the late Romantic period called for a narrower sleeve that fit low on the shoulder. Gowns of the late Romantic period were often made in one piece; the bodice attached to the skirt.
Brief Historical Overview
The Romantic period's stems its name from the term romanticism that is used to describe a movement in art, literature, and music that valued freedom.
Romanticism began in England and spread throughout Europe and the United States. Romanticism was a rebellion against the current classical rules governing creative work.
Followers of the Romantic ideal believed the innermost emotions should be expressed, art should please the senses, and imagination was more important than reason.
Loose fitting muslin gowns with pantalets were popular among children. The only gender difference between the boy's and the girl's was the lack of lace and ornamentation on boy's gowns.By 1830, girls' dresses after the age of six were composed of full skirts with fitted bodices and large gigot sleeves. Girls' attire usually mimicked that of their mothers'.Boys between the ages of four and ten wore tunics or shirts which were belted at the waist. Underneath the tunics of the boys, were ankle-length trousers that allowed for freedom of motion and comfort.
During the 1930's the preference for trimmed gowns returned and the hemlines were typically ankle length and sometimes shorter. With the return of the emphasis on the small waistline, stays and petticoats once again became a necessity.
During this period, cotton was still the preferential dress fabric. By 1825, border printed cotton was available and advancements in textile coloration were made available. These colors included yellow, orange, brown, and variety of blues.The fullness of the 1830s sleeve moved further down the arm. Hemlines lengthened and sleeves became narrower; rounded and pointed front bodices became prominent.
Fashion in the Romantic Era: 1820-1850
Connection to Jane Eyre
"I have a Master to serve whose kingdom is not of this world: my mission is to mortify in these girls the lusts of the flesh; to teach them to clothe themselves with shame-facedness and sobriety, not with braided hair and costly apparel; and each of the young persons before us has a string of hair twisted in plaits which vanity itself might have woven: these, I repeat, must be cut off; think of the time wasted, of – "
Mr. Brocklehurst was here interrupted: three other visitors, ladies, now entered the room. They ought to have come a little sooner to have heard his lecture on dress, for they were splendidly attired in velvet, silk, and furs. The two younger of the trio (fine girls of sixteen and seventeen) had grey beaver hats, then in fashion, shaded with ostrich plumes, and from under the brim of this graceful head-dress fell a profusion of light tresses, elaborately curled; the elder lady was enveloped in a costly velvet shawl, trimmed with ermine, and she wore a false front of French curls. (Bronte 32-33)
Men's clothing consisted of a tail coat, frock coat or redingote that all remained essentially unchanged and with the main purpose of keeping the men comfortable.
Women had very elaborate up do hairstyles with flowers that expressed their creativity.
Women also wore big hats with feathers and decorations
Ties & Scarves:
Ties were also extremely popular for conveying feelings and moods.