The 18th century is the period of the further flourishing of arts and cultures in Western Europe. More closely than ever before, the reciprocal links of the European countries contributed to the development of the uniform style in architecture, art and fashion. The Rococo style originated in France, which still remained the most prosperous country in Europe. “Rococo is really the re-emergence, after the foreign imposition of the Renaissance, of the northern spirit in art, first fully typified in the Gothic” (Read, qtd. in Saisselin 145).
Thus, this paper examines and describes the Rococo style and its main features. It observes what this style could mean for modern times and why the Rococo style has returned now.
French art, being the standard for everyone, gave rise to the Rococo decorative style, which gradually crystallized from the Baroque period.
The Baroque style that was well-known for its majesty, pomp and congestion gave way to gracefulness, lightness, and fragility of the Rococo style.
Characteristically, silk has become fashionable in men’s costumes, while taffeta and satin have remained popular with women’s ones.
The priority was given to a more refined and elegant style of clothing. Dresses are not bulky, emphasizing the natural line shapes.
Nowadays, a lot of designers use the Rococo style because its modern style of clothing is characterized by simplicity, different artistic expressions, and a variety of shapes and materials. Thus, this style has returned now because it is well-known for its harmonious consistency of forms with different materials.
Taking the above-mentioned information into account, it is possible to draw a conclusion that the Rococo style is characterized by the desire for a deliberate distortion of “natural” lines of the human body. The pastel, muted (compared to the Baroque style) tones: pale blue, pale yellow, pink, blue-gray are very popular colors in the Rococo style.
Kimball, Fiske. The Creation of the Rococo Decorative Style. New York: Dover Publications, 1980.
Saisselin, Rémy G. “The Rococo as a Dream of Happiness.” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 19.2 (1960): 145-152.