While many in the fashion industry view Gothic Fashion and Culture as dark and gloomy, the very term "Gothic" disproves this notion. Wedged between the Romanesque Period and the Renaissance, Gothic Architecture was the high point of the Medieval Period in history. It's "show pieces" of an age long past. Known for its fetes of brilliance and intricacy, it was ever reaching towards the heavens, longing for light and salvation.
Most of we we know as Gothic Fashion today comes from Goth's "Revival Period" in the mid 18th-19th centuries. Which is why Edwardian and Victorian themes pervade the style, as they were contemporaries during the Gothic revival Period.
Complicated corsets with buttresses and arches, caged structures to up hold complex bustiers and skeletal hoops to lay heavy unforgiving fabrics upon. All these reflect the way the early Gothic Period masters built and designed the architecture of the day. Heavy stone and marble precariously placed, and sustained in air, defying all gravity and reason. Pure Magic.
These are the glorious elements found in Gothic fashion today. 2013 will be another huge year commercially for Goths as was the early 1990's. This was evidenced on the fall 2012 runways all over New York, Paris and Milan for Fall Fashion Week. Goth Revival influences are no longer found only in transient Halloween stores or at your local mall's Hot Topic, but in upscale furnishings and home decor as well.
Old ideas with a spin and a new audience to convince that beauty is not always the conventional and common, but found under a decayed leaf, peeled paint and that cracked pair of granny boots in your closet.
Karin Dahlstrom is a freelance Artist, Designer and Fashion Writer located in S.W. Florida and Linkoping, Sweden.