The term Gothic fashion refers to the clothing style that is worn by those observing the Goth subculture. It is one in most cases revolted against by conventional culture, not because it is inherently bad, but because it looks heinous. The Goth prefer an eroticized fashion and dressing style that is dark and somehow morbid. Their preference of black for instance and other dark colors (dark green, dark blue, blood red etc) is also part of the reason why their fashion is crowded in mystery.
Their form of dressing has been the subject of many discussions and many people refer to the fashion as the evil Goth style of dressing. Before we lose ourselves into condemnation or even into the controversy of good versus evil in Goth, let us specifically focus on the fashion aspect of the Goth lifestyle.
Besides their preference for dark colors, the typical Goth fashion has more in contrast to conventional fashion. One way of identifying people in this subculture is actually observing how they dress in complete mutiny of any conventional norm. The so called evil Goth style includes a make-up style that is scary. Sample this. A Goth will pimp up for an outdoor event by dying his or her hair black, and straightening or crimping it. This will be matched with black lipstick or one that is blood red in color. To finish the look, the Goth will clad in a truly black set of clothes from head to toe. Now you can guess why the fashion sense is usually referred to as the evil Goth style of dressing.
If this sounds scary, you have not heard half of it. Both males and the females will wear a hideous eyeliner of a color that is anywhere out of the normal eyeliners you find at your beautician’s. This will be harnessed by some dark fingernails, which might alternatively be ‘painted’ (for that is the closest description of how the fingers look) with blood red nail polish. You might wonder why someone would dress up like that.
That is actually the intent of the Goth fashion. To evoke your attention and then corrupt everything you regard as conventional culture. Dressing goes beyond the simple expression of good and evil in Gothic fashion. To an objective mind there is nothing wrong with somebody dressing up in his or her choice colors. There is nothing evil in dark colors or in ‘painted’ fingernails. In most cases actually, the modern styles adopted by the Goth have been borrowed from Punks, Elizabethans and a bit of Victorians. The BDSM paraphernalia and imagery is also a common inheritance in the Goth fashion.
Once we settle on the controversy that the Goth’s preference for stark black and dark colors is not heinous or evil then we can satisfactory regard Goth fashion as different from the conventional fashion. The question to consider now is what motivates such a fashion preference. This gives rise to a common debate on the ideology of good versus evil in Goth fashion. The Goth dress the way they do because they feel dejected and cut from mainstream culture. They seek to show they are different from the society’s conception of good or bad. Their intent is to make you notice them, fear them, and thus leave them alone. The fashion has no dictates of what is good or what is evil in the culture since it is mostly an expression of their feelings and emotions.
Some sources indicate that the native origins of the contemporary Goth fashion, or what is mostly regarded as the evil Goth style of dressing, was the Victorian cult dressing during mourning. Valerie Steele who is an expert in Goth fashion says that it’s their preference for mourning clothes and dark colors that makes their outlook so evil in nature. To everything conventional, the balance between the good versus evil in Goth fashion usually topples over on the evil side.
At the heart of the controversial fashion is the attempt to revolt, mutiny or rebel from normalcy. When an ordinary person is asked about his or her perception of good and evil in Gothic fashion the most probable answer will be that there is nothing good about the Gothic fashion. That is not exactly true but each one of us has the freedom to hold any opinion.
Finally, the following list carries the most probable clothing items that a Goth wardrobe will have. Deathly pallor, black velvets, ruffled Regency shirts, black leather outfits, stovepipe hats, spiked dog collars, lace, a religious ensemble of accessories, and some tightly laced corsets. There might be a pair of black leather thigh boots, scarlet or purple gloves, precarious stilettos, fishnet stockings, witchy eye make-up and silverware jewels depicting occult or religious themes. Most notable inclusions will also include macabre and magical jewelry such as bone earrings, skulls, pentacles, rosaries and ankhs, skulls etc. No wonder evil seems to be the winner in any conventional consideration of the good and evil in Gothic fashion.
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