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Germaine Greer: While France was experiencing the dazzle of the impressionists, Britain applauded the false sentiment and fancy-dress of a dreary horde of pre-Raphaelites

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Rooney Mara swoons like a Pre-Raphaelite heroine, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. “The process of arriving at a very good fashion photograph,” says Goodman, “is, for me, complicated.” Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Vogue, 2011 / Courtesy of Abrams

Artistic dress had its roots in mid-Victorian England, where Pre-Raphaelite artists, with their love of things medieval, and disdain of industrialized society, revived a version of the loose fitting, relatively plain gowns of that time. Its successor, Aesthetic dress, drew from the same design, but not philosophical, resources. In 1884, Liberty & Co. hired Edward William Godwin, an architect and proponent of Aesthetic dress and dress reform, to head their new costume department. This tea…

Pre-Raphaelite Art; Contemporary Symbolist Art influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in a variety of mixed media by Howard David Johnson.