How did fashion and pop culture take advantage of its boom?
Growing up, I watched several western movies. A character who appeared frequently in these films was this child with overdone all-black dress, kohl smeared over his eyes, and a hairstyle that resembled the human form of an electric shock. Back then, “emo” was the buzzword to categorize them, and that was it. Eventually, over time, the realms of punk and emo became synonymous with goth. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that there is a stark difference between punk and goths. Especially in the emotions felt by the two subcultures. Punk is all about violence and anger, while Goth looks for a kind of dark, poetic, moody romanticism.
The origins of the Gothic subculture can be traced back to the UK in the early 1980s. British groups like Bauhaus and Siouxsie and the Banshees became a major catalyst in giving birth to the Gothic subculture. Siouxsie Sioux, the latter’s lead singer, was very influential among girls who identified themselves as Gothic thanks to her cat-eye makeup, dark red lips and black outfits.
Goths generally tend to imitate a Victorian style at heart, but in black. Their fashion is characterized using elements such as flowing sleeves, ruffles, long skirts, corsets, dramatic makeup, accessories with mythological or anti-religious symbols with edgy, pointy hair or just * really. * unconventional. Fabrics like lace, velvet, and leather feature prominently in Gothic dressing, making it a subculture adopted by both men and women. While gender-parallel beauty may be a hot topic right now, goths pioneered it a long time ago. The majority of gothic men advocated striking makeup and monotonous black figures, making goth a gender-neutral subculture.
It wasn’t long before the impact of goths found its way onto screen and red carpets. Pop culture and shows by prominent fashion designers have become a catalyst to spread the limits of goth globally. Movies and shows like Harry potter and Gossip Girl portrays the Gothic subculture in a way.
For his fall 2016 collection, Marc Jacobs showcased a glamorous, gothic-inspired line located in the Park Avenue armory in New York City in a vast, bizarre cabin with off-white walls and floors. From Lady Gaga to Kendall Jenner, the show was gothic at its best.
But that wasn’t the only time Lady Gaga channeled a Gothic vibe. From the Met Gala in 2018, Bad Romance, Born This Way on several occasions, the singer has given gothic fashion its own contemporary twist on several occasions. And honestly, that’s what we’re here for.
While goth as a subculture may have survived for a very long time, its influence has also managed to capture pop culture and fashion under its realm, the byproduct we often find appearing over and over again. And here’s a fact: he’s here to stay.
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