Goth is more than just relevant to clothing,
footwear and accessories. Gothic relates to an extinct East
Germanic language, which provides the earliest manuscript evidence of
any Germanic language (4th–6th centuries AD). The term gothic also
refers to a style of architecture prevalent in western Europe in the
12th–16th centuries, characterized by pointed arches, rib vaults, and
flying buttresses, together with large windows and elaborate tracery.
Although it is relevant to language and architecture, we really do NOT
care about that aspect. We are only interested in discussing
Gothic fashion is a clothing style marked by
conspicuously dark, mysterious, antiquated and homogenous features. It
is worn by members of the Goth subculture. A dark, sometimes
morbid looking fashion and style of dress, typical gothic fashion
includes a pale complexion with colored black hair, black lips and black
clothes. Both male and female goths wear dark eyeliner and dark
fingernail polish. Styles are often borrowed from the
Victorians and Elizabethans. Goth fashion is sometimes
confused with heavy metal fashion and emo fashion.
Think witches and warlocks.
Goth fashion can be recognized by its stark black
clothing. The dress can be described as a fusion of black velvets,
lace, fishnets and leather. Often tinged with scarlet or purple
and accessorized with tightly laced corsets, gloves, various high heeled
footwear such as stilettos and silver jewelry often depicting religious
or occult themes.
The culture has a few different variations of style
including haute goth, gothic Lolita, and aristocrat goth.
Haute Goth – designed by Haute couture
fashion designers. Haute refers to the creation of exclusive
Gothic Lolita: sometimes shortened to
gosu rori in Japanese, is a combination
of Gothic and
lolita fashions. The fashion originated in the late 1990s in
Harajuku. Gothic lolita fashion is characterized by darker make-up
and clothing. Red lipstick and smokey or neatly defined eyes, created
using black eyeliner, are typical styles, although as with all lolita
sub-styles the look remains fairly natural. Though Gothic make-up has
been associated with a white-powdered face, this is usually considered
poor taste within the (largely Japanese) lolita fashion scene.
Aristocrat Goth is a type of Japanese street
fashion, championed by the visual kei rock musician Mana with his
fashion label Moi-même-Moitié, and influenced by gothic and
What are your thoughts on this style of clothing?
You are welcome to contact us on our social media.
You may also have interest in reading our fashion
blog post about
goth inspired fashion accessories.
If this sort of style trend is of interest to you,
you may want to also read about
gothic fashion wholesaler section if you have a clothing store and
would like to sell this category of clothes.