Posted on January 9, 2013

Trend SS 2013: Romanticism, Ballet and Fairytales

Romantique/ Wardrobe

The innocent and romantic trend of last summer is continuing into Summer 2013 – hoooray!  Innocent whites (Chloé),Lace and Broderie Anglaise (Oscar de la Renta) and even Cinderella shoes (Valentino) all feature heavily on the catwalks depicting SS 2013.

So what do the terms “romantic” and “romanticism” actually mean?Romanticism  is an artistry and literary movement that had its peak from 1800-1840.  The movement prized emotion and intuition over rationalism and rejected the principles of rules and the materialistic and aristocratic society. It was offered as a polarised opposite to realism.
Famous authors of this era were the Brother Grimm (Hänsel & Gretel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood) and E.T.A. Hoffmann, author of “The Nutcracker and The Mouse King” on which the ballet is based.
Above: Rebel aged 17 rehearsing for the ballet “The Nutcracker” at the state opera in Berlin.
The fashion from this era was characterised by narrow shoulders, puff sleeves, low waists, ruffle detailing, bell shape skirts with layers of petticoats underneath.
Me on top of the department store Galeries Lafayette in Paris 2011.
Cinderella Shoes at Valentino SS 2013
Little Red Riding Hood is one of the Brother’s Grimm fairytales. The Brother Grimm are one of the most important romantic historians. Their work became not only a central part of German literary identity, but also an important part of world literature. Photo taken at the Christmas market in Berlin.

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