Gothic style of dress: the fetish of death or the charm of the Middle Ages

Clothing in the Gothic style causes a mixed reaction, from complete rejection to genuine interest and admiration. Dark personalities with an impenetrable expression of a deathly pale face, like aliens from another world or a parallel world, attract the eye, make them turn around cautiously or with the thought "damn beautiful, but it won't suit me." They are goths. Whether it is necessary to belong to their subculture in order to dress in a similar style is a moot point. Now let's try, without changing our worldview, to join the shocking Gothic fashion and add an extravagant touch to the everyday look or for special occasions.

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Let's briefly go through history from the Middle Ages to the present day and start studying photos, choosing clothes and creating an image of a charming Gothic woman, or change our attitude to this culture to a more loyal one. After all, its representatives are ordinary people, thus expressing their individuality.

The history of the emergence of Gothic fashion

Gloomy customs reigned in Europe in the XII-XV centuries. It was an eerie and at the same time romantic time from the point of view of a modern person. The omnipotence of the Catholic Church, the merciless fires of the Inquisition, burning witches, noble knights, ready to sacrifice their lives for the sake of beautiful ladies.

It was in this era that a majestic, bewitching cold inaccessibility style was born, called Gothic, that is, barbaric, denying the classical canons of beauty, proportions and harmony. At first, the direction of architecture, and then clothing, with pronounced sharp angles, symbolized the striving upward, towards God, the denial of the earthly importance of being.

The new style was most widespread in France. The clothes of Parisian fashionistas were pretentious and peculiar:

  • pointed hats and pointed shoes;
  • thin silhouettes covered with corsets;
  • stubs of infinite length;
  • scalloped, jagged sleeves and hemlines;
  • an abundance of bright ornaments and floral motifs.

Tailoring from a simple craft turned into an art, all the cutting techniques known until now were invented.

And then the world stepped into the Renaissance, and the Gothic faded into oblivion. An attempt to get out of oblivion in the late 18th and early 19th centuries was short-lived and unsuccessful. In the 70s of the XX century, Gothic revived again, replacing the dying punk culture, which failed to establish itself in its slogan "Live fast - die young".

With life, everything was more or less clear, and almost everyone could cope. But the theme of death, the afterlife, eternal mourning fell in love with the gloomy romantics. Black became their favorite color, and cemeteries became places for walking and gathering. The new Gothic style finally took shape by the 80s, and in the 2000s it took to the catwalks.

Modern style of ready-to-wear clothes: characteristic features, distinctive features

The Middle Ages left an imprint on the appearance of melancholic fatalists. But they adopted only a narrow, laced waist, otherwise the fashion trends of that time have little in common with the appearance of modern Goths.

These grotesque personalities rather took the role of victims of the Inquisition, which appeared in our world with a reminder of eternal grief, mourning, and the frailty of life. But believe me, deep down, none of them are going to die, and the exquisite beauty of death is a way to present yourself to the world and be noticed.

If you want to accurately identify the representatives of this subculture in the crowd or try on clothes in the Gothic style, remember the main features:

  • the predominance of black with contrasting accents - white, red;

  • dark saturated colors are allowed - violet, burgundy, green, blue;

  • clear silhouettes, straight flying lines;

  • outright extravagance with overtones for adults;

  • vintage or ultra-modern dresses with a complex cut;

  • voluminous skirts, mini or maxi length;

  • frill, lace, mesh, lacing;

  • corsets and harnesses, mainly over clothing;

  • eccentric umbrellas, hats with a veil, long gloves;

  • massive white metal jewelry;

  • expressive contrast of dark hair and a completely white face;

  • deliberately sloppy aggressive makeup in black and blood-red tones.

Fabrics are preferred:

  • velvet;
  • atlas;
  • silk;
  • leather;
  • vinyl;
  • brocade;
  • taffeta;
  • lace;
  • organza.

A fair amount of aristocracy is present among the Goths, both in women's style and in men's clothing. Long black coats and raincoats, a top hat, on special occasions - a tailcoat, well, what is not a London dandy. But still, the image of a modern Gotess deserves more attention.

Variants of self-expression in clothes from the Goths

The image of Gothic Lolita can become an interesting discovery for girls. This style is one of the types of Japanese street fashion. It does not contain any hints of vulgarity and vulgarity, but on the contrary looks quite elegant and casual. Typical features:

  • black color actively diluted with blue, blue, red details;

  • quite a lot of white - stockings, gloves, petticoats;

  • formal dresses with corsages and puffy skirts;

  • flirty shirt collars and lace pantaloons;

  • Elegant knee length;

  • prints in the gothic theme;

  • graceful hats with ribbons, coffin bags;

  • shoes with massive heels or very high (up to 20 cm) platform;

  • dark makeup can be replaced with makeup with an emphasis on the eyes;

  • hair - black curls or straight auburn, purple or red strands are possible in black hair.

The result is a completely charming, feminine image. But the gothic style of clothing is very diverse. There are other directions as well.

  • Cyber ​​- a dark range is generously supplemented with acid shades, hairstyles - mohawks, dreadlocks, makeup in neon tones.

  • Jay- imitation of the characters of Japanese anime, but with strict observance gothic rules - dark clothes and contrasting makeup.

  • Medieval- the most romantic branch of the Goth subculture: indispensable corsets, Victorian dresses, long gloves, lace, hats.

  • Vampiricis the most popular style. The emphasis is on the obligatory presence of a deep red color, symbolizing blood and flawless whiteness of the skin.

  • Corporate- allows you to observe the dress code in a work environment. Usually - this is a strict black suit with a snow-white shirt and some jewelry in the appropriate style.

As you can see, putting together a modern Gothic outfit to suit any setting is not difficult. But that's not all. It is important to maintain the harmony of the image as a whole, that is, to become a goth or a hotess from head to toe.

Shoes and accessories

Gotess legs will meet all the requirements if you wear:

  • high army boots;
  • boots on a massive platform;
  • shoes or sandals with wide and rather high heels;
  • for special occasions - aggressive hairpin.

Instead of bags - large black backpacks or elegant traveling bags. Headpiece - a hat, preferably with a veil or ribbons. The glasses are usually round and can be decorated with thorns. An original accessory - a collar made of latex, leather or metal. Thorns on it are also welcome. Another trick is a lace or velvet umbrella for sun protection.

Jewelry - only silver, white gold or platinum is allowed, but yellow metal is completely unacceptable. These are rings, bracelets, pendants, earrings in the form of Celtic crosses, figurines of dragons, bats, and cats. From precious stones, diamond, sapphire, pearls are welcome, from semi-precious stones - all with a cold and black color.

Gothic hairstyles and makeup

Classic Goth hairstyle - straight black hair. It's a good idea to make them look slightly messy. For a romantic look, curls and lush hairstyles are acceptable. Many Gothic women prefer to dye their hair a thick red or ash color.

Gothic makeup is a thick layer of white makeup on the face, no blush at all, black eyeliner, eyeliner or eye shadow, dark or blood red Matt lipstick. The nails are painted with black varnish. Top class if the manicure and makeup are done a little carelessly.

Who will suit the extravagant look

Gothic style of clothing is actually quite versatile. You can even arrange a non-traditional wedding. The Gothic bride will amaze the guests and will remain in the memory for a long time. In ordinary life it will suit:

  • shocking and young girls;
  • for the original photo shoot;
  • for a party or Halloween ;
  • lovers of black, who began to consider it boring;
  • who want to radically change their image, but lost in thought.

It is not necessary to change the entire wardrobe at once. Start small and gradually create your look, or limit yourself to one or two sets.

Outstanding representatives of the style

The most shocking famous Gothic woman is Lady Gaga. It is almost impossible to outshine and surpass it. But the American Taylor Momsen can be a worthy rival. This singer even goes to the red carpet in a gothic image. What can we say about stage costumes and ordinary life. The Olsen sisters also gravitate towards this fashion trend to some extent.

If you are delighted with these personalities, then there is someone to look up to. The looks do not evoke sympathy - what prevents you from creating your own unique wardrobe with a gothic twist? Go for it!