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Ethereal is an aesthetic based around the feeling of being extremely delicate and light in a way that seems to be not of this world.

It is typically used in reference to Disney or Barbie princess movies and other fantasy films that are completely without irony in their dreamy romanticism. The imagery used is very wholesome, light, and soft, embracing the happiest parts of fairy tales.

It is a generalization of film imagery that includes depictions of royalty (often princes and princesses), classical dancers, sweeping ballrooms, colorful gardens, pixie dust, fairies, angels, and the beauty of true love. There is a lot of overlap with Cottagecore and Royalcore.

Ethereal can be seen as an umbrella term for different but similar aesthetics such as Angelcore, Auroracore, Fairycore, Snowdrop, Mermaidcore, Unicorncore, Fairytale, Dreamy, Dethereal, and more.

Visual[]

This aesthetic can be described as very heavenly and light. Certain things it includes are angels, angel wings, lace, floral patterns, chandeliers, cathedrals, cathedral ceilings, etc.

Locations[]

  • Nature
    • Cliffsides
    • Streams
      • Brooks
      • Creeks
    • Forests
    • Lagoons
    • Ponds
      • Hidden ponds
      • Lily ponds
    • Meadows
    • Fields
      • Flower fields
    • Natural paths
  • Gardens
    • Overgrown gardens
    • Flower gardens
  • Small farms
    • Pastures
  • Cottages
  • Glinting water
  • Soft, pleasant light
  • Minerals (especially quartz)
  • Castles
  • Overgrown buildings

Fashion[]

Ethereal fashion usually includes, white lace, diamond jewelry, clear accessories, angel patterns, pale colors, white fur, drop earrings, pleated skirts, white mesh, etc.

Music[]

Ethereal music can be any kind of music, as long as you cherish it and feel like it adds to your ethereal state of mind. Ethereal remixes of nostalgic songs like "When You Wish Upon a Star" are great representations of this aesthetic, but as long as the music is a part of you and/or helps you feel "out of this world," it is accepted in this aesthetic. Some popular genres that sound "ethereal" include shoegaze, ambient, new age, and psychedelic rock.

Artists[]

  • Bôa
  • C418
  • Candy Claws
  • Crystal Castles
  • Disasterpeace
  • Enya
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Grimes
  • Lena Raine
  • LOONA
  • M83
  • Pink Floyd
  • Soviet Soviet
  • Sulli
  • Wishing

Songs[]

  • Goodnight Dad I Love You - Wishing
  • kodak moment - Jane Remover
  • リサがいない / Lisa is missing - Rory in early 20s
  • Running Through Flowers - M83
  • Snow in Gothenburg - Kasbo
  • stellar - .diedlonely, enouement
  • When You Wish Upon a Star - Frank Sinatra
  • Two Of A Kind - Ghost And Pals
  • Dorothy - Sulli
  • Goblin - Sulli
  • On The Moon - Sulli
  • Fairytale - Kalafina
  • dolce - Kalafina
  • Overture - Kalafina
  • Seventh Heaven - Kalafina
  • Oblivious - Kalafina
  • Nice Boys - Temporex (slowed and reverb)
  • Butterfly - LOONA
  • ODD Front - LOONA
  • Magnetic - ILLIT
  • Sleep - Soap&Skin
  • Cynthia - Soap&Skin

Media[]

Literature[]

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgeson Burnett (particularly the one illustrated by Tasha Tudor)
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgeson Burnett
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Manga/Manhwa[]

  • Once Again into the Light

Film[]

  • 1776 (1972)
  • Barbie in The Nutcracker (2001)
  • Barbie of Swan Lake (2003)
  • Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  • Cinderella (1950)
  • Cinderella (2015)
  • FairyTale: A True Story (1997)
  • Maleficent (2014)
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)
  • Pride & Prejudice (2005)
  • Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  • The Secret Garden (1993)
  • The Tales of Beatrix Potter (1971)

Theatre[]

Resources[]

External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.

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