This week we looked at the gothic subculture. Goth is probably the subculture I identify with most, I am usually wearing black floaty dress’ or PVC skirts. I have black hair and wear dark makeup the identifying features of goth. Although my style is taken from the many subcultures within goth and I couldn’t say an exact style I fully follow, this is the Siouxsie Siouxbeauty of this culture.  I love this quote from Spooner; ‘Goth encompasses a diverse set of visual styles and subcultural practices that commentators should be aware of homogenizing’. This is exactly right and I feel outsiders don’t see these very different styles.

‘One characteristic set of media responses labels the subculture as comically pretentious, self-indulgent and middle class’ A fair statement I would say, thought perhaps not very nice is quite accurate. The subcultures prides itself on its appearance this along with music are the most important aspects of a gothic lifestyle. ‘Important influences have been the fetish scene’. Where music is concerned bands like Siouxsie and The Banshees, The Cure and Joy Division were incediably influencial.

Sources Used:

  • Hopkinson, P (2007) Gothic Music and Subculture
    In Spooner, C; McEvoy, E (eds) (2007) The Routledge Companion to Gothic, Routledge, Oxon
  • Spooner, C (2006) Contemporary Gothic, Reaktion Books, London
  • Steele, V (2008) Gothic. Dark Glamour, Yale University Press, New Haven

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