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Running head: ROCOCO RESEARCH PAPERRococo Research PaperNhu NguyenRuth GomesHistory of CostumesFACS 429August 20th, 2014
ROCOCO RESEARCH PAPERAbstractThis paper is going to center around a fashion style in the 18thFrance, which is called “Rococo.” This essay will first expand briefly on the history of Rococo: its origin, popularity and finally, obsoleteness at the near end of the 18thcentury. Then, several distinctive characteristics and idiosyncrasies of this fashion movement will also be considered. Rococo’s whimsicality, complexity and asymmetry have always helped differentiate this style from the rest of the fashion movements. Next, the essay will talk about the influence of this style on the 21stcentury fashion. Surely, readers will comprehend the reason Rococo remains an infinite inspiration for many fashion designers ranging from couture to ready-to-wear. Even though the golden era of the Rococo movement has already passed, Rococo will continue to give rise to numerous creative and interesting fashion ideas inthe future.Rococo: Its Origin, Characteristics, and Influence 2
ROCOCO RESEARCH PAPERIntroductionThe word “history” alone is extremely vast as there are many aspects to it such as cultural history, religious history and even fashion history. Similar to other histories, the world of fashion has constantly evolved, and numerous fashion movements have taken place. Each movement has its own era and the Rococo movement is no different. It has its unique features, a beginning, an end, and contemporary influence. All of which will be explored in this paper. The OriginTo reach an understanding of the Rococo, one ought to know the origin of this fashion movement. Originally, Rococo was not a fashion movement but developed in the decorative arts and interior design. Following the throne succession of Louis XV of France in 1715, modifications in the court artists and fashion taste occurred. Gradually, these alterations spread throughout France society, from the aristocrats, the working class to even the poorest citizens. Since Louis XV was known to be of extreme extravagance, the delicacy and playfulness of this movement perfectly reflected the regime(The French Rococo, 2013). Then, a regime of excessive luxury, indulgence and profligacy was formed. As a result, not only did traces of Rococo increasingly appear in decorative arts, interior designs and architecture, but they also made their debuts in paintings, sculpture and fashion to mirror the luxurious life of France in the 18thcentury (Fashion Through History, 2006). Two of the leading figures that endorsed this fashion movement were the King’s mistress and queen, Madame de

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