A close relative of the burlesque/cabaret Goth is the vintage Goth (aka retro Goth). Many Goths take their inspiration from a bygone era, whether it be Renaissance, Medieval or Victorian, but the vintage Goth derives inspiration from a slightly more recent time. The 1940s and 50s are the most popular source of inspiration for these Goths, although the 20s and 60s get a look-in sometimes as well.
A main source of inspiration for this look is of course Marilyn Manson's ex-wife, burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese, who is seen from day-to-day with perfectly-coiffed raven locks, scarlet lips and an envy-inducing array of 40s-style dresses. Interestingly, Christina Hendricks from the TV show Mad Men, infamous for its gorgeous vintage fashions, was a purple-haired Goth in high school.
|Dita ably demonstrates the vintage Goth aesthetic.|
Whilst there are less icons of note to inspire the gentlemen, this look is not just for the ladies. If frilly shirts and frock coats are too dressy, and skinny jeans and ripped tees too casual, the vintage Goth gentleman might choose to don a smart suit (in black, of course) with a spider-decorated tie pin and Panama hat, bowler or trilby worn at a rakish angle (actually, nothing to say that ladies wouldn't look nice in this outfit too).
|The perfect example of a classic vintage Goth look for gentlemen.|
This fine chap is Lucas Lanthier from The Deadfly Ensemble and Cinema Strange.
Music associated with this style includes classic dark cabaret such as Dresden Dolls and Vermilion Lies, some steampunk bands such as Abney Park and The Men that Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, some Gothabilly and even a little deathrock.
Vintage Goths may spend their weekends strolling on the promenade, watching black and white movies, or poking around vintage stores for their next must-have.