Historical Impact On The New Romantic Movement

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Historical Impact on the New Romantic Movement The impact of historical clothing on the New Romantic Movement had a vital role in defining the style and direction of the movement itself. Though the movement had its own ideology and musical style, it was the fashion that most stood out as a defining aspect of those who were members. As the name suggests, the New Romantics were influenced by the fashion and style of the Romanticism period in the mid 19th Century, as well as the preceding era, the Renaissance. The marks of history can clearly be seen in the choice of fabrics, silhouettes, detailing and methods of construction. Similar to the Romanticism ideology of revolting against social and political norms, the desire of a New Romantic was to be unique; to achieve individuality as opposed to uniformity, which was emphasized in the punk movement before it. This uniqueness was achieved by the adaptation of historic attire which the New Romantics used in theatre and other presentations. The New Romanticist longed for clothing fantasies. The 1980’s glamour and occasion wear were highly influenced by the ideas that sprang from this movement. New Romantic occasion wear resembled that of the historic fancy dress. The clothing during the Renaissance period was a major influent to the style of the New Romantic movement. Low-cut decorative bodices, high waistline, skirts hanging in heavy folds to the ground, are a few features that symbolised women’s fashion during the Renaissance (Figure 1), and were also carried through in various forms in the periods after. In March 1972, Andrew Logan, a New Romanticist threw his first “Alternative Miss World” party. Guests at the event were asked to come in costumes of their own creation, each to be judged on poise, personality and glamour[1]. Derek Jarman, a winning contestant in 1975 “Alternative Miss
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