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Guest Post - Revival's History Of Vintage Gothic Styles

Guest Post - Revival's History Of Vintage Gothic Styles
By Alex D | September 30, 2018

Our friends at Revival have written a little post on vintage gothic culture that we are sure you will love! So, without further ado, here's what they have to say.

Revival's History Of Vintage Gothic Styles

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Versatile Vintage

One of the many things I love about vintage clothing is its versatility. It lends itself to so many styles.

For example I have always included an element of vintage clothing among my own wardrobe but the pieces I picked out when I was studying fashion design in the 80s were very different to my choices now. Over the years I have experimented with any looks, some of them rather unconventional, especially in my younger years. It came as no surprise then to find that lovers of Gothic clothing often turn to vintage styles to give themselves an individual look aside from the usual traits associated with the Goth image.

Most of us think of dark clothing, pale complexion, dramatic eye make up, black hair, lips & nails when we think of a gothic look. However, like many subcultures it has evolved & splintered into mini subcultures and vintage clothing has of course had a part to play in that.


Origins Of Goth

The origins of contemporary Goth styles are found in the Victorian era, borrowing elements from punk fashion, the Victorians and Elizabethans. The first generation of the gothic movement emerged in part within the UK in the late seventies and early eighties. It is characterized by bands like The Damned, Bauhaus and Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was a new breed of mysterious and theatrical artists, fascinated by romanticism, morose and taboo subjects.

Siouxsie and the Banshees

In the late 80s and early 90's, for the first time gothic style bands actually called themselves gothic. Rosetta Stone, London After Midnight and The Shroud are some examples of second generation gothic bands. In Revival's many years of trading, you can imagine we have come across all types of customer with individual tastes and styles and we enjoy the diversity our business brings.

Embracing Diversity

Some of the individuals who attend the 1940s weekends we trade at also enjoy wearing steampunk inspired clothing or dress up and attend events such as Cosplay or Whitby Goth Weekend. Probably considered part-timers by most of the other attendees but it shows how styles and interests collide and help keep these cultures alive.

Here at Revival we may not stock a lot of the obvious choices like Victorian style dresses, black velvet capes etc., but I have taken a look through our current stock and was surprised just how many elements would definitely add interest to a Vintage Gothic style wardrobe.

Vintage Gothic style wardrobe

These compilations are only a few ideas, time permitting I could add many more examples but part of the joy is discovering them for yourself.

Dark Clothing

With Halloween just around the corner what better time to experiment with some vintage pieces you wouldn't normally be drawn to. If you are looking to celebrate Halloween this year, a vintage gown or tailcoat is going to look far more authentic & impressive than an Amazon Chucky costume, so just have fun with it Iike I always have!


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