Goth it right? This style won’t die

It’s very simple, really, to give yourself a gothic makeover.  

It’s dark, it’s mysterious…it’s definitely Goth. The Gothic look never really goes out of fashion, does it? It is said to be adapted from the Gothic subculture, which began in the early 1980s in England, influencing the music scene. Gothic-inspired clothes ranging from Victorian gowns to studded corsets, the deep blues, reds and purples give you a vast variety to choose from. Though the clothing may seem morbid, dark or dull at the first look, it can be taken to an all new level if done right.

Remember Alexander McQueen’s signature nineteen century-inspired Victorian gothic clothing that took international runways by storm? His version of the Gothic bride from the Victorian era is one design that’s difficult to forget. French designer Jean Paul Gaultier extensively uses gothic and Victorian era-inspired corsets in his creations. In another part of the world, Japanese visual kei musician Mana Sama’s clothing label, Moi-même-Moitié, has greatly universalised Japan’s Gothic Lolita fashion movement, which began in the late 1990s in Harajuku.

Indian cinema too has seen actors in Gothic-inspired attire and make up — smoky eyes, red lipstick and pale skin. “Goth cult is yet to make a mark in India but in a crowd of 100 you might find 2 or 3 people dressing that way. The look doesn’t always have to be over the top. A pastel gown and some dark makeup could help you acquire that look,” say designers Deepankshi and Reena. Vampires, dainty Victorian beauties and Tim Burton’s movies have definitely opened doors for Gothic fashion to be commercialised. Maxim W Furek mentioned in his book The Death Proclamation of Generation X: A Self-Fulfilling Prophesy of Goth, Grunge and Heroin that, “Goth is a revolt against the slick fashions of the 1970’s disco era and a protest against the colourful pastels and extravagance of the 1980’s.”

Indian designer Sumat Bharti, the owner of Corset Wholesale, a specialised corset store, has been using the extensive gothic style to the maximum. Not just that, his international clothing brand, Vintage Goth has decided to extend its roots into the Indian fashion scene by opening a store in Gurgaon. Many young designers like Sagal Bedi too have incorporated these elements in their designs. “My fascination with the Gothic culture began at the very start of my career as a designer.

My first ramp show featured a Gothic collection. The key is to layer with different assortment of fabrics, keeping in mind the key colours, like the deep blacks and blues,” he says.

It’s very simple, really, to give yourself a gothic makeover. Now there are different types to choose from — the designer Gothic wear, the everyday comfortable Gothic wear and then the party wear Goth. Gothic clothing though traditionally involves a lot of lace and studs, has been modernised. For men, a black leather jacket with ankle length military boots is the safest bet. For the ladies who want a casual day look, a dark, long t-shirt, with a pair of black tight-fitted denims would suffice.

For a night out, try on some thick eyeliner, mascara, red lipstick, a bit of neutralising foundation and a little black lace dress with a pair of black stilettos.

However, if you really want to ramp up the gothic quotient a deep red, blue or black corset and a long lace black skirt coupled with fake eyelashes, heavy eyeliner, black eye shadow, red matt finished lipstick and black pencil heels will get you there.

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