1838 American dress from the Kyoto Costume Institute.
This sort of dress design strongly reflects the beauty and femininity idealized by the romanticism that was at its peak in the 1830s. Romantic artists perceived beauty and femininity in delicate female figures with pale skin and an air of melancholy. Their art tended to be idealistic, drawn to the mysterious, including figures with no physical reality, such as fairies and angels.
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