Babydoll Goth, aka schoolgirl Goth, is a 'cute' look based around a youthful style such as school uniform. However, despite the childlike imagery, there is a strong undercurrent of rebellion and sexuality. Babydoll Goths may appear innocent and doll-like, but there is usually something a little creepy about them...
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Examples of this look include the stage outfits of Chibi (vocalist of The Birthday Massacre), who pairs pigtails and outfits reminiscent of a Catholic school uniform with extremely short skirts, arms layered with tattoos, dark make-up and a nose ring. The girls from Switchblade Symphony in their video for Clown also have a definite creepy-schoolgirl thing going on.
In his book, What Is Goth?, Voltaire describes the look thus; "Nothing says 'torturous, guilt-ridded despair quite like Catholic school. Hence it's no wonder that Goths love this look so much. But certainly, you must realise that there's something very wrong about a twenty-year-old girl dressing like she's eight. Just don't act surprised that creepy old men keep hitting on you!" Which, I believe, is fair warning.
In The Goth Bible, Nancy Kilpatrick links the babydoll/schoolgirl look with China/Oriental Goth fashions, saying, "The innocence of the underaged. Make-up creates prepubescent round or almond-shaped eyes, chopsticks worn in the hair, Susie Wong dresses purchased at a vintage shop and worn with Doc Martens, Catholic schoolgirl tartan plaid skirts worn with a black PVC top and kneesocks. The Wednesday Addams institutionally grey dress with white Peter Pan collar fits here, too."
|Jennifer Parkin (aka Ayria) rocks the babydoll Goth look|
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