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The Concept: Romanticism

What is Romanticism?

Originating in the late 18th century, Romanticism is a movement in the arts that celebrates the autonomy and subjectivity of the individual, and their propensity to take inspiration from the beauty of nature. As the earliest of LRFS’ art movements, it is the first in our theme for the show.

LRFS Romanticism

What do the stylists have to say about Romanticism?

“Romanticism is a late 18th century art movement inspired by the power and beauty of nature and the fluidity of feeling over rigid rationality. To reflect this, I’ve incorporated flowing silhouettes, transparent fabrics that draw focus to the skin, and floral detailing. Not wanting to forget the movement’s darker side, with a deep interest in unexplored human emotions such as fear and the mystical, expect to see some otherworldly creatures emerge from the shadows onto the catwalk.”

– Lily Kinnear Griffiths

LRFS Romanticism

Who were the Romantics?

To better understand Romanticism in its purest form, you need to head to its poster-boys: the artists. Think Classical depictions of beauty, à la William Blake; head to the soft, watery landscapes of J.M.W. Turner; visualise the loving pastures of John Constable.

To get to the words written on the soul of Romanticism, turn the pages of Wordsworth, Keats and Shelley. Alternatively, listen to Visage, Duran Duran and A Flock Of Seagulls for a taste of the New Romantics.

LRFS Romanticism

Regardless of how disparate they may seem, they share the same ethos. This is what we’re bringing to the runway on the 28th February 2019.

Photos from the official LRFS19 promo shoot by Milly Hewitt