- Gothic fashion
Gothic fashion is a clothing style worn by members of the
Goth subculture. It is stereotyped as a dark, sometimes morbid, eroticized fashion and style of dress. Typical Gothic fashion includes black dyed hair and black clothes. Both male and female goths wear dark eyeliner and dark fingernails. Styles are often borrowed from the Elizabethans and Victorians. The extent to which goths hold to this stereotype varies, though virtually all goths wear some of these elements.
Goth fashion is often confused with
heavy metal fashion, and uninformed outsiders often mistake heavy metal fans or musicians for goth, [ [http://alternative-fashion.com/industrial.html //Alternative-Fashion.com// ] ] particularly those who wear black trenchcoats or " corpse paint" (associated with black metal).
Goth fashion culture
Cintra Wilson declares that "The origins of contemporary goth style are found in the Victorian cult of mourning."
Valerie Steeleis an expert in the history of the style.
Goth style's rejection of mainstream values, emphasis on freedom of expression, and challenging taboos makes it difficult to define its aesthetic principles. Goth fashion emphasizes transformation of the body, elements of beauty, order, conscious eroticism and 'otherness' that flouts conventions. Marcy Powell.
Many goths are drawn to the fashion due to a sense of alienation, which may explain the style's fascination with morbidity or
vampirestyle. Wearing black eyeshadow and shroud-like clothing that refers to the dead may express grief, despair, or mourning. Some goth experience fashion as a transformation from alienation through self-expression and a sense of belonging to a community that shares the same sense of alienation. Alternately, the fashion may reflect an attraction to the darker side of sexuality. [César Fuentes Rodríguez "Mundo Gótico" (Quarentena Ediciones, 2007, ISBN 8493389161), page 233 & ss.] Like the urban primitivemovement, the goth subculture rejects mainstream conventions and encourages "reinventing" oneself.
Goth fashion can be recognized by its stark
blackclothing (or hair or makeup), often contrasted with boldly colored clothing, hair and makeup in shades of deep reds, purples, blues or emerald green. Fabrics and styles that evoke romantic eras as well as morbidity, and usually combine style elements that flow and drape, or restict and emphasize a body part (i.e. corsetry or tight sleeves or trousers). Goth fashion further emphasizes the personal power of an individual, as the juxtapositions of elements of rugged accessories (metal and leather), to that of the vulnerable and sensual restriction of body parts (i.e. lace, silks, and high heels for either gender).
One female role model is
Theda Bara, the 1910s femme fataleknown for her dark eyeshadow, curves and smoldering on-screen presence.Fact|date=March 2008 Musidora, Bettie Page, Morticia Addams, Robert Smith, Nico, and Siouxsie Siouxare also style icons.
Goth fashion has a reciprocal relationship with the fashion world. In the late 2000s, designers such as
Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, Rodarte, and John Gallianobrought elements of goth to runways. This was described as "Haute Goth" by Cintra Wilson in the "New York Times".Cintra Wilson, "You just can't kill it", "New York Times", September 17, 2008. [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/18/fashion/18GOTH.html] Access date: September 18, 2008.]
* [http://www.darkfashionlinks.com Listing of Gothic Fashion Sites]
* [http://www.paulhodkinson.co.uk Goth Fashion Cultural Researcher Paul Hodkinson]
* [http://www.istasy10.com/goth/gothic-moda-goth-fashion/0/ Goth Fashion]
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