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Thursday, 21 April 2011

Styles of Goth fashion: ethergoth

Ethergoth was a term I first came across in Voltaire's What Is Goth?. The name itself is an abbreviation of 'ethereal' Goth, relating to the preferred genre of music for these Goths, ethereal wave or ethereal darkwave. Voltaire describes this subset as, "Serene, thoughtful and creative, ethergoths are defined by their affinity for ambient music, darkwave and classically inspired Gothic music. Ethergoths are more likely to be found sipping tea, writing poetry and listening to the Cocteau Twins than jumping up and down at a club."

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The look is soft and elegant with inspiration from romantic, Medieval and possibly Victorian styles. At festivals and other events, ethergoths can often be identified by their dreamy, otherworldly appearance, created by simple, loose hairstyles, light make-up, elegant silver jewellery and flowing clothes. Broad-brimmed hats such as Lydia's in Beetlejuice, veils, and the ubiquitous lace gloves are common accessories. Intricate beaded chokers and cameo jewellery are also likely suspects.

However from day to day, ethergoth clothing is often more simple than that associated with other styles, perhaps incorporating a black T-shirt, black skirt or trousers (velvet trousers would look great), and black shoes or boots. Whilst researching this subset, I found a website that mentioned ethergoth fashion combining black clothing with light, airy colours such as lilac, although I am not sure how accurate this may be.

Make-up-wise, lighter colours are certainly often seen; lilac, white, powder blue etc are often paired with black liner (possibly with some swirly designs). Lips are often left bare or a simple red, brown or plum lipstick is used (depending, of course, on eyeshadow colour - I am not implying that ethergoths wear clashing make-up!).

As ethergoth is more practical and toned-down than other versions of Goth fashion, it may be one of the best looks for young Gothlings at home with their parents, or something to bear in mind for corporate Goths who are becoming tired of their pinstriped suits.

Likely ethergoth interests include tea (I wonder how many ethergoths own a fortune-telling tea cup?), poetry, folklore, curling up with a good book, and/or intellectual pursuits such as fine art or history. They may also be interested in more 'spiritual' things like angelology.
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Bands popular amongst ethergoths include Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Love is Colder than Death, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Lycia, Mors Syphilitica, Rhea's Obsession, Scarlet Leaves, Autumn's Grey Solace, Delerium, Ataraxia and This Mortal Coil.

Unfortunately, like ice Goth, ethergoth seems to be under-represented online, which means there is precious little information available on this somewhat genteel subset.

Goth gossip/free download: Fans of Creature Feature will be pleased to know that you can grab the first single from Curtis Rx's side project Rufus Rex at his Bandcamp page for free (or pay what you think the track is worth). It's called Rise Lazarus Rise, and you should totally check it out.

16 comments:

The Obscurialist 'Dr. Cult' said...

I need to look up that style, definitly! And goooooh I download the song! It's big love here <3

Black_Lilly said...

According to my not at all Gothic boyfriend, after he read my copy of What is Goth?, I fit this description. Personality wise only though, as my music tastes a very varied and often more agressive or, well, theaterical like Voltaire. And, clothing wise I'm told I'm more 'old school' Romantic...
I dunno, do you think Gothic clothing preferences influence our personality and music tastes and vice versa???
x Lilly

Celia said...

From your blog, I've learned a lot of interesting things, among them the fact that I seem to be an ethergoth combined with a cemetary goth X) Neither of which I even knew existed.
I love your daily posts; I look forward to reading them every morning!

NoxArtemis said...

I was talking about this style on the G.net forum awhile back and how it was a bit under represented in gothdom, so we had to make our own definition. We came to the same basic conclusion as you did: a combination of a casual goth and a romantigoth. This was the style that dominated my wardrobe this winter semester because I didn't want to over exert myself. When it comes to social interactions, I'm an ethergoth, since I'm much more of an introvert and I'm not a clubber, so I hang out in my room or at the bookstore reading and listening to music. ^_^;

Ruby said...

This is me, all over. I was always wondering, and at one point- I even felt like I was NOT a goth! Thank death I found my niche (ether with fetish mixed in) :D Thanks, Amy!

~* Ruby

daisy.fiend said...

I seems like a lot of people commeting fit this style. I wonder if theres a more layed back style of Deathrock...

daisy.fiend said...

Hi amy, I was wondering if you could PLEASE make a post about how to deal with people saying "It's just a phase" and augermnets to help them understand that for some Goths it's NOT just a phase?

NoxArtemis said...

I agree with daisy.fiend above me. It seems that the "just a phase" statement is the phrase that annoys us the most, possibly even more than "oh, they're emo." It'd be cool to do a post that targets that specifically.

Angel of Darkness said...

I had heard something about this fashion but found nothinhg on it, it's very interesting.. I like it.

And thank you so much for putting up the like for Ceature Feature.

Chloƫ Noir said...

Wow, on the second photo is a blog friend of mine :D nice :D
I was some sort or ether goth at the begining. Now i´m more into oldschool, deathrock and horrorpunk..and short skirts with ripped stocking :D

Eurofighter said...

Thanks for the description, I think I finally got to know what I am ^^ When people asked me I often got confused since I never thought of myself as a representative of a certain type.

GlumPlum said...

Hey, I know this is an old post but I was paroozing your blog and just came across this post. I'm very glad I did becasue I think I fit everything about this sub-set of Goth except for the light make-up part ;)
I'm definately in this mindset and in about wanting a fanciful or ethereal look to myself. I'm just curious if light make-up is a specific to this sub-genre of Goth? And I don't like t-shirts at all but I virtually only wear skirts and dresses and flowy fabrics. I try to give myself a very faerie-like appearance and I do focus more on poetry and reading than on going out and dancing in a club with my fellow Goths. I'd rather discuss poetry with them over a nice cool cup of iced coffee (I'm not a tea drinker either but I don't hate it. I just like cool drinks :)
But back to my main question, I was just wondering if you had any other information about Ethergoth or any websites you'd reccomend for my own research 'cause I really do think this is more my outlet in the Goth culture.
I know this is an older post but any info you might have on Ethergoth would be much appreciated! :)
-Kelli <3

ultimategothguide said...

@ Glum Plum - to be honest I had a bit of a struggle finding enough information just for this post! But no, I don't think that light make-up would be necessity if you felt otherwise, Goth fashion is only what you make it after all. ;-) From your description of yourself there I would say you certainly have a lot in common with those who define themselves as ethergoths, so if you would like to I don't see why you shouldn't define yourself he same way also. ^^ I would pass you on to Voltaire's book What Is Goth? which is where I first came across the term, but I quoted it practically in its entirety here.

You could always try the fashion forums at www.goth.net?

UmbraMaya said...

hi, maybe I can add suggestion of few more charactheristics to Ethergoth?
having a new age philosophy or spirituality, more enjoying nature than human, can be vegetarian sometimes, profound spirituality about life and matters within (including a belief that mind over matters, universal energy, microcosmos-macrocosmos relationship, and they can be good at metaphysics too), and likes listening to ancient music or ethereal music. Ethergoth can have musical or fashion taste like tribal goth, but the difference is ethergoths more leaning to its spirituality side than the humanity-cultural side. They’re maybe rarely seen clubbing like those of industrial fellows, choosing to indulge with nature or enlightening books. Many stereotyped ethergoth with burning incense and candles – but they’re not always doing this.

Common bands are mixed between new age, darkwave, and tribal....like Dead Can Dance, Maduro, Corvus Corax, Faith and the Muse, Rising Shadows, Lycia, Collide, etc you have mentioned. Additional to this are Vas (not known as Goth, but has a dark tribal and dark spirituality sense in its Eastern musicalities) and ancient sounds like Tibetian chants or didjeridu.

I don’t know if it’s ethergoth or new agey goth though....hahaha. anyway, just suggestion...

InfiltratorN7 said...

UmbraMaya that description doesn't sound particularly like ethergoth to me, at least not from what I've read about it. What you're describing sounds more like pagan goth, though I think you're right New Age goth might be a good term for it!

Tanya said...

Wow, I've liked goth for a like 4 years and even though I like the music and such I've never found a subtype that definitly fits me. I do fit partly on romantigoth, geek goth and candy goth, but not enough for me to feel it's me. But this one, it's amazing, everything fits. Nothing in your post about ethergoth doesn't fit me. Stuff rarely fit me this good. I'm really amazed. Maybe I'm more goth then I thought before, I mean that there actually are a substyle that fits me. Hehe this comment seems a little confused to me, but hopefully people get it anyway :P

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