Evolution of Gothic Styles

Gothic fashion is one subculture mostly unexplored by the mainstream fashion industry. People mostly assume that Gothic fashion is all about wearing black clothes and broody makeup.

However, unlike common misconception, Goth is a diverse culture that originated in the U.K., during the 1970s.

But influences of Gothic culture can be traced back to 13th century Europe. It was mostly captivating architecture with tall buildings, pointed arches and big windows—think horror movies!

Traditional Gothic styles include a lot of corsets, leather jackets, velvet coats, gothic skirts, and long women’s gothic dresses. People accessorise these with boots, lace gloves, hats, and dark hair.

Goth style is an expression of alternate romanticism, morose and other taboo elements of the society. Thus, the dark theme.

Over the years, Gothic fashion has evolved a lot. It is often referred to as positive punk. Introduction of modern Goth subcultures like pastel Goth, Casual Goth, Cyber Goth is seen a lot.

During the 1970s and 80s, Gothic fashion would usually include elegant gowns with lace, frills, and bodice. Men dyed their hair into dark colours, painted their nails and loud makeup was appreciated.

Dishelleved or backcombed hair was the go-to look for the Gothic style. Body piercing and tattoos covered their bodies.

The introduction of colours came from Cyber Goth with started in America in the 1990s. New elements like pastel coloured hair, gas masks, and headgears were introduced to give a futuristic look. Pastel Goth incorporated a lot of edgy elements with retro clothes in the U.K.

Silver jackets and bright pastel colours made a stark contrast with the dark signature clothes of traditional Goth.

The best way to learn more about Gothic styles is to browse through alternative fashion sites like Jordash Clothing.

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