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 Goth Fashion.
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 punk fashion, 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 custom-fitted clothing.
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 Neo-Victorian fashions.
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The difference between goth and gothic is nothing. So, what is goth fashion?