How the Gothic, in literature, influenced a Goth subculture in fashion & music.
What kind of feelings do the words “Goth”, “Gothic” or even “Emo” bring about to the human mind? For me, personally, Goth fashion can be described as dark, mysterious and exotic. Black clothes, hair, nails and lips, and dark eyeliner are some characteristic features of this goth fashion style. But these are only the primary things people like to assume you wear if you get into that culture. But actually Goth is a whole tendency, which unifies music, style, and way of dressing, putting on your make-up or it’s just the way you like to dress and what makes you feel good inside.
Goth subculture is a contemporary subculture. It originated in the United Kingdom in the early 1980s under the influence of Goth music and as a part of punk. As described in Casper’s text about the Gothic in literature, some characteristics of the Gothic literature are darkness, shadows and threat of horror. This was much later used to describe a new type of music in 1979 that was different from the pop mainstream. To describe this type of music as “Gothic” became more and more common and it eventually became a music genre of its own.
A source of inspiration for the emerging new goth fashion trend, was the seventies TV-series The Addams family. The black and white TV show features a family with macabre interests and supernatural powers. Today, there are new Gothic bands producing new Gothic music and the goth fashion is still present. One primary example of a modern Gothic rock band is Evanescence. Not all “Goth” worship Satan or listen to Marilyn Manson, per say. No not all of us harm ourselves or anyone else. The reputations of Goths are misleading at most but one thing is for sure is that the style and over all goth fashion has led to many high fashion ideas and concepts.
So do you like to dress in all black and sport out your spikes? Give us your honest opinion on the Goth subculture in the comments below.