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Monday, 31 January 2011

Styles of Goth fashion: glitter Goth

Glitter Goths, aka 'Glam Goths', are closely related to the perkygoth tribe, and the look incorporates some familiar elements of perkygoth fashion, such as brighter colours (although not necessarily pink). Glitter Goths may style themselves to resemble glam rock artists such as David Bowie, but the key word, obviously, is 'glitter'. On your face, in your hair, on your clothes... if you don't look like a walking disco ball (in a good way) then you're not doing it right.

Glitter Goth make-up may be inspired by the colourful designs of the New Wave and New Romantic eras, and electroclash styles - and of course, if it shines, shimmers or sparkles, you're on to a winner. Rhinestones and other stick-on jewels are also popular.

Source: Miss Kitty T on Deviant Art, via Google Images
Perfect example of what I'm talking about...
'Glitter Goth' may simply refer to a Goth who enjoys wearing brighter colours and loves glitter, but often the look is taken further, combined with glam, 80s, and electroclash styles to create a fashion subset. Accessories for this look are obviously often glam or 80s-inspired, such as feather boas, platform shoes and anything shaped like a lightning bolt. 'Cute' or kitsch accessories such as sparkly plastic hairclips, cat ears and fairy wings are also a nice touch. Hats such as bowler hats or top hats add to the decadent image.

Between the bright make-up, the glitz and the glamour, the overall look is slightly surreal - it's hard for the onlooker to decide whether the glitter Goth on the high street has whizzed through a time portal from the 80s or simply been beamed down from another planet.

Baggy clothes are generally a no-go, although for casual wear the 80s theme may continue with an oversized off-the-shoulder tee combined with leggings and platforms (however, please draw the line at poodle perms and shoulder pads... we're still talking alternative 80s, remember?). Black, of course, is the base for the bright colours of the glitter Goth, and pixie boots and leather jackets give a more strongly Goth vibe to an outfit.
Adora BatBrat rocks the New Wave glam look...
Although a glitter Goth's music taste varies from person to person, it is likely to feature some of the bouncier 80s pop, rock, new wave and electro artists such as Depeche Mode, The Cure, Danielle Dax, Gary Numan, Cyndi Lauper, New Order, Gene Loves Jezebel, Pink Turns Blue and the New York Dolls; darkwave bands like The Cruxshadows and Switchblade Symphony; electro, synthpop and cyber bands like Ashbury Heights, Mind.In.A.Box and Apoptygma Berserk - oh, and they probably listen to David Bowie too...

4 comments:

Laurel said...

Hmm. I wonder if there's a subtype for someone who gleefully bounces from one style to another, to another...somone whose fashion, and/or music tastes are all over the map? Oh, I guess that's what the word eclectic is for...nevermind me...on an even more random note--the Captchas I've been getting on a lot of Blogger blogs are surprisingly easy to read (ovens?)...I have glitter nail polish, but that's it...okay, now I'm really going to stop being random.

Laurel said...

Back for another comment--whoa, electroclash (and maybe glitter goh, too) takes every one of the more ridiculous stereotypes about perky goths and ramps it up to about 30--not that there's anything wrong with that; I'm almost a walking mockery of myself. But it does present the problem of people making stupid assumptions way too easily...on the other hand, if you like glitter, go for it! I should look for glittery eye shadow...

tanaraza said...

the first picture is...meh.

the second one is awesome!

Goth Shoes said...

Cool post.
Onwards with the ever evolving Goth and its subculture.

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