When we think about gothic fashion, first what we think of are corsets, but before that people used a little bit more of imagination to style themselves.Back in the days, ripped fishnets, latex, metal pins, combat boots were everything.
The bigger the better, teased hair, white complexion, and loads of black eyeliner were must have. When we look at today’s gothic fashion a lot of things have changed.
Goth fashion can be recognized by its stark black clothing. Ted Polhemus described goth fashion as a “profusion of black velvets, lace, fishnets and leather tinged with scarlet or purple, accessorized with tightly laced corsets, gloves, precarious stilettos and silver jewelry depicting religious or occult themes
Black hair, dark clothing, and pale complexions provide the basic look of the Goth Dresser. One can paradoxically argue that the Gothic look is one of deliberate overstatement as just a casual look at the heavy emphasis on dark flowing capes, ruffled cuffs, pale makeup and dyed hair demonstrate a modern-day version of late Victorian excess
One female role model is Theda Bara, the 1910s femme fatale known for her dark eyeshadow.Bara was one of the most popular actresses of the silent era, and one of the cinema’s earliest sex symbols. Her femme fatale roles earned her the nickname The Vamp (short for vampire ).
What was once only for gothic subculture now it is available to a broad spectrum of consumers. The mainstream fashion had some impact on the subculture.