Monday, 28 March 2011

Styles of Goth fashion: medieval Goth

Many periods of history have proven inspirational to Goth fashion; medieval Goth is one such derivative. Unlike Victorian Goth, medieval Goth outfits are not often historically accurate - they are usually created to reflect the pageantry, superstition and romanticised aspects of the era.

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Of course, most Goths are aware that the Dark Ages were named so for a reason. Plagues, witch hunts, barbarian invasions and probably worse took place during the Middle Ages. Medieval Goth generally represents a much more romanticised version of the period, possibly incorporating elements of the fantastical such as dragons and wizardry.

The style of architecture referred to as 'Gothic' (which played its part in naming the Goth scene) developed during this period, and is held as an example of beauty by possibly the majority of lovers of Goth culture. Medieval Goths may hold other historical and Medieval-based interests such as Renaissance Faires, historical re-enactments, visiting ruins or museums and - particularly common amongst the guys - medieval weaponry.

Again the fantastical element is brought into play - medieval Goths may also enjoy fantasy novels, especially those set in a medieval-esque world, LARP-ing (Live Action Role Play), the legends of King Arthur (Merlin being an exceptionally popular film), and often wear jewellery incorporating mythical creatures like dragons and unicorns.

Medieval Goth fashion is usually very loosely based on the styles of this era - lace-up bodices, pointed sleeves, off-the-shoulder blouses and long skirts for the women, possibly accessorised with chainmaille jewellery. Men may wear 'pirate' or ruffled shirts with simple trousers or breeches. The fashion may also blend with Celtic elements; knotwork tattoos and jewellery are very popular.

Common accessories include chain belts, gauntlets and pendants (often cross pendants). Make-up is usually simple but dark, or swirly and elaborate in a 'dark fairy' manner. Medieval Goth guys often have beards. Piercings are reasonably uncommon; for both men and women, hair is usually long. Women's hair is often styled in loose waves and topped with a circlet. Colours such as blonde, brown, black and dark red are the most common.
Music associated with this style may be folk-based, ethereal, or Neo-Classical, e.g. Blackmore's Night, Rising Shadows, Mediaeval Baebes, Faun, Dandelion Wine and Faith and the Muse. Gregorian chants and classical music are also popular.


Anonymous said...

Sigh. There are so many styles I love--it's so hard to choose just one! If anyone is interested, I'm starting a fashion challenge at

Black_Lilly said...

I love this style so much. Everything about the Middle Ages facinates me.
Well done on this post, and your blog in general. x

Shiken said...

The best thing about multiple styles is the lovely comments you'll receive. Trad will get you the common "freak", "faggot" while steampunk can get you "hey the 19th century called, they want there clothes back! ah ha ha haaaa!" Get it? Because the 19th centu...whatever..

I have one friend who fuses trad with victorian and with his own style of edwardian. I sympathise though as no one ever calls him Goth just "hey Mum it's a pirate".

The conclusion is choose your style and expect what to come.

Oh and I do not have a ear fetish or whatever you're insinuating however...though on dark nights...I do tend your ears.....

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