Gothic fashion

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Gothic fashion is a clothing style worn by members of the Goth subculture; a dark, sometimes morbid, eroticized fashion and style of dress.[1] Typical Gothic fashion includes dyed black hair, black lips and black clothes.[1] Both male and female goths wear dark eyeliner and dark fingernails. Styles are often borrowed from the Punks, Victorians and Elizabethans. BDSM imagery and paraphernalia are also common.[1] Some haute couture designers, particularly Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, have been associated with the goth aesthetic.

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Cintra Wilson declares that "The origins of contemporary goth style are found in the Victorian cult of mourning."[2] Valerie Steele is an expert in the history of the style.[2]

Goth fashion can be recognized by its stark black clothing (or hair or makeup),[1] The style initially emerged alongside the early 1980s Gothic rock scene. Simon Reynolds identifies the usual appearance of

Reynolds also notes "fishnet stockings, black leather thigh boots, [and] witchy eye make-up."[4]

Ted Polhemus described goth fashion as a

Researcher Maxim W. Furek noted,

Goth fashion is sometimes confused with heavy metal fashion.

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One female role model is Theda Bara, the 1910s femme fatale known for her dark eyeshadow.[7][8] Musidora, Bela Lugosi,[9] Bettie Page, Morticia Addams,[8] Nico, David Bowie,[1] Lux Interior,[1] Dave Vanian,[10] Robert Smith[11] are also style icons. Siouxsie Sioux was particularly influential on the dress style of the Gothic rock scene; Paul Morley of NME described Siouxsie & the Banshees's 1980 gig at Futurama: "[Siouxsie was] modeling her newest outfit, the one that will influence how all the girls dress over the next few months. About half the girls at Leeds had used Sioux as a basis for their appearance, hair to ankle."[12]

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