Revivre l'histoire du style gothique Vintage

Relive the history of Vintage Gothic style

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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've always included an element of vintage clothing in my wardrobe, but the pieces I chose when I was studying fashion design in the '80s were very different from my current choices. Over the years I have experimented with all looks, some rather unconventional, especially in my youth. It's no surprise, then, that fans of gothic clothing often turn to vintage styles to give themselves an individual look outside of the usual traits associated with the gothic image .

Most of us think of dark clothing, pale complexion, dramatic eye makeup, dark hair, lips and nails when we think of a goth look. However, like many subcultures, it evolved and split into mini subcultures and vintage clothing of course had a role to play in this.


The Origins of the Gothic Style

The origins of contemporary Gothic styles date back to the Victorian era, borrowing elements from punk fashion, the Victorians and the Elizabethans. The first generation of the goth movement emerged partly in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It is characterized by groups like The Damned, Bauhaus and Siouxsie and the Banshees. They were a new breed of mysterious and theatrical artists, fascinated by romanticism , morose and taboo subjects.


In the late 80s and early 90s, for the first time, goth-style bands even called themselves goths.

Rosetta Stone, London After Midnight and The Shroud are some examples of second generation goth bands.

Over Revival's many years of business, you can imagine that we have encountered all types of customers with individual tastes and styles and appreciate the diversity that our business brings.

Embrace diversity

Some of the people who attend the 1940s weekends we trade at also like to wear 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 participants, but it shows how styles and interests conflict and help keep these cultures alive.

Here in the Gothic Den we may not have many obvious choices like Victorian dresses , black velvet capes, etc., but I took a look at our current stock and I I was surprised at how many items would definitely add interest to a vintage gothic style wardrobe.


With Halloween just around the corner, what better time to experiment with vintage pieces you wouldn't normally be drawn to. If you're looking to celebrate Halloween this year, a vintage dress or raincoat will be much more authentic and impressive than an Amazon Chucky costume, so have fun with it like I always did!



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