Women Gothic Clothing Costumes
Gothic clothing is a method of wearing dress by members of the Goth subculture. It is normally a dark,
sometimes morbid fashion and style of dress and the ideal Gothic fashion is dyed black hair, black lips
and black clothes.
Normally both male and female Gothic wears dark eyeliner and dark fingernails. Styles are often
borrowed from the Punks, Victorians and Elizabethans. BDSM imagery and paraphernalia are also
common. Some of the renowned hate couture designers such as Alexander McQueen and John Galliano
have been associated with the Gothic style.
Gothic style flourished particularly during the high and late medieval era. The style evolved from
Romanesque architecture and was succeeded by Renaissance architecture. Gothic styles can be
recognized by the Gothic Clothing, Gothic Shirts, Gothic corsets and Gothic costumes that he or she
wears. Such dress codes are liked by males and females even today and they go for such dresses on
some special occasions.
This style can be traced back to the 12th century France and over a period of time after evolution
reached its apogee in the 16th century. In the late medieval period, the Gothic style was known as
primarily the French Style. In fact, the term Gothic appeared first during the latter part of the
According to Wilson, the roots of the contemporary Gothic clothing are found in the Victorian cult of
mourning. Gothic fashion can easily be recognized by its stark black clothing (or hair or makeup). This
style emerged alongside the Gothic rock scene in the 1980s. Gothic styles are also characterized by
deathly pallor, back-combed or ratted black hair, ruffled Regency shirts, stovepipe hats, leather
garments, and spiked dog collars, the ensemble accessorized with religious, magical or macabre jewelry
(bone earrings, rosaries, pentacles, ankhs, and skulls), typically made from silver etc.
In the words of Ted Phloem’s, a Gothic costume is 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.
In fact Gothic style was a response against the slick fashions of the 1970’s and a protest against the
colorful pastels and extravagance of the 1980’s. Black hair, dark clothing and pale complexions give the
basic look of the Goth Dresser. However, Gothic clothing shouldn't be misconstrued with heavy metal
fashion. Gothic style is a blend of modern and traditional designs.