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The Treasure State Romantic

Photography by Lindsey Englander

Location – Montana (The Treasure State, The Big Sky Country)

Romanticism is a trend that is constantly present in fashion. Many feel that it is cliche and overused, but when really looking into what it means in history I find it to be so intriguing. The Romantic era was an artistic and intellectual movement that began in the late 18th to mid 19th century that reacted against the Enlightenment age and significantly changed the way people viewed life.

What does it mean to be a romantic?

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Romantics are people who love nature, old things, poetry and beauty.

Romantic is not practical.

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Wearing boots from Sandro and a vintage dress. 

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Romanticism rebelled against order. It values the freedom of expression. 

For a romantic, life is always idealized. Romantics get carried away with ideas. 

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For a romantic, color is the life of a picture. 

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Romanticism emphasizes the individual, the irrational, the imaginative, the personal, the spontaneous, the emotional, the visionary, and the transcendental.

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Romanticism introduced an interest in the exotic.

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This curiosity opened the door to exploring the inner worlds of people and their emotions.

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Romantic painters expressed people’s emotional states through their portraits. 

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In romanticism, there is no exact truth, no right or wrong, things go by feel. 

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“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” – Henry David Thoreau 

Romantics longed for a simpler era.

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“I live not in myself, but I become
Portion of that around me: and to me
High mountains are a feeling.” – Lord Byron (the most extreme poet of the romantic era)

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Wearing a thrifted camouflage shirt, my gold vintage fish necklace, a fishing lanyard, and a free people bralette, clearly – ready to go fishing right here.  

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“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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Wearing a vintage Burberry slip dress. 

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The romantics were fascinated by wild animals and their relations to human behavior. 

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Romantics have a love for the wilderness. They have a sensitivity to nature.

“The great object of life is Sensation – to feel that we exist.” – Lord Byron

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“I am a wildflower growing freely in the vast meadows that ache my imagination.” –  (an excerpt from a poem that I wrote)

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“I came to realize clearly that the mind is no other than the Mountain and the Rivers and the great wide Earth, the Sun and the Moon and the Sky” – Lord Byron

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Wearing a vintage suede jacket from the 70’s, paired with a white t-shirt, Billabong romper, turquoise belt, and a pair of vans SK8-Hi. 

“They say that hope is happiness.” – Lord Byron

Romanticism is for the dreamers, the stargazers, the sun chasers, the ones with no fear of heights. While it seems easy to discredit Romanticism as being cliche, the key to it is a love of beautiful things; a communication of a feeling or idea – that is what the basis of fashion is to me. 

 

 

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