EXTREME COUTURE: Gothic Inspiration in Modern-Day Fashion Photography By: Bridget Charlton
History of Gothic Fashion <ul><li>“ Gothic is much more than an image - it is an aesthetic, a viewpoint, even a lifestyle,...
What is Gothic Fashion? <ul><li>Leather </li></ul><ul><li>Chains </li></ul><ul><li>Black clothing </li></ul><ul><li>Victor...
Gothic Inspiration in High Fashion <ul><li>Self expression and creativity are the basis of fashion design </li></ul><ul><l...
<ul><li>“ Go od fashion …is  like rock and roll – there’s always a little rebellion in it.” - Ann Demeulemeester   </li></...
Vogue Italia RihannaXsk by: Steven Klein September  2009
Il. 1 <ul><li>Large scale brings viewer face to face with Rihanna </li></ul><ul><li>Contrast between black and white - cap...
Il. 2 <ul><li>Material of the dress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulty, variety of form </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Arm piece </l...
Il. 3 <ul><li>one of the most Gothic images in the spread </li></ul><ul><li>Viewer is immediately struck with a sense of f...
Il. 4 <ul><li>Jacket is extremely embellished </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intricacy and variety of form </li></ul></ul><ul><li>J...
Il. 5 <ul><li>Wearing only a corset, stocking and an overwhelming amount of jewelry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chain-like jewel...
Il. 6 <ul><li>Dress covered in embellishments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intricacy, difficulty and awe-inspiring </li></ul></ul...
Romantic - Sublime & Picturesque <ul><li>Sublime </li></ul><ul><li>“ wild and daunting.” - Baddeley </li></ul><ul><li>Fear...
“ Fashion as a Vampire” <ul><li>“ A  destructive impulse in fashion centers on change: what was in yesterday is out today....
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  1. 1. EXTREME COUTURE: Gothic Inspiration in Modern-Day Fashion Photography By: Bridget Charlton
  2. 2. History of Gothic Fashion <ul><li>“ Gothic is much more than an image - it is an aesthetic, a viewpoint, even a lifestyle, its tradition a legacy of subversion and shadow.” - Gavin Baddeley </li></ul><ul><li>Meant to illicit emotional responses </li></ul><ul><li>A result of punk pop culture in the 1970s, continued to grow among youth in the 1980s and 1990s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ translating literature into street style.” - Gavin Baddeley </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Goths are intense and dramatic individuals - they take self expression very seriously </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shown in their style of dress </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is Gothic Fashion? <ul><li>Leather </li></ul><ul><li>Chains </li></ul><ul><li>Black clothing </li></ul><ul><li>Victorian-style clothing </li></ul><ul><li>Excessive jewelry - mostly silver </li></ul><ul><li>Dark make-up </li></ul><ul><li>Dark hair - sometimes standing straight up </li></ul>
  4. 4. Gothic Inspiration in High Fashion <ul><li>Self expression and creativity are the basis of fashion design </li></ul><ul><li>Goth fashion “began as an introspective, gloomy alternative to glossy pop tunes…its drama is spellbinding, and its darkness is palpable.” - September 2007 Vogue </li></ul><ul><li>Alexander McQueen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>based some of his first Goth-inspired collections on Gothic movies </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>“ Go od fashion …is like rock and roll – there’s always a little rebellion in it.” - Ann Demeulemeester </li></ul><ul><li>“ There is often something shocking, violent, excessive or extravagantly fantastic about Gothic fashion.” - Jennifer Park and Valerie Steele </li></ul>
  6. 6. Vogue Italia RihannaXsk by: Steven Klein September 2009
  7. 7. Il. 1 <ul><li>Large scale brings viewer face to face with Rihanna </li></ul><ul><li>Contrast between black and white - captures viewer’s interest </li></ul><ul><li>Vinyl negligee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Risky, avant-garde </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not considered appropriate for public wear </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Metal-studded leather jacket </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rough, hard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chains on wrist </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gives Rihanna a fearsome nature </li></ul>
  8. 8. Il. 2 <ul><li>Material of the dress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulty, variety of form </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Arm piece </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Verticality, surprise </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hair and make-up </li></ul><ul><li>Stance </li></ul><ul><li>Fearsome </li></ul><ul><li>Hard and rugged </li></ul>
  9. 9. Il. 3 <ul><li>one of the most Gothic images in the spread </li></ul><ul><li>Viewer is immediately struck with a sense of fear </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rihanna’s eyes, stance and facial expression </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Intesnse darkeness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rihanna’s clothes, make-up and hair </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ruffles on jacket frame face and follow all the way down in her shoes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Verticality - frames face </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Face is illuminated, but has dark features - emphasizes piercing glare </li></ul><ul><li>Looks like a gargoyle </li></ul>
  10. 10. Il. 4 <ul><li>Jacket is extremely embellished </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intricacy and variety of form </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Jacket is also corseted </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One of the most popular Goth accessories </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tall, leather lace-up boots </li></ul><ul><li>Wearing lingerie </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Erotica - Goth: shock, emotion and rejection of the norm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Imagine her as a towering cathedral </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Protruding shoulder act as flying buttresses or side chapels </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Very dark image - only small portion of her neck and hand illuminated </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sensuality </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Solitude - disconnect </li></ul>
  11. 11. Il. 5 <ul><li>Wearing only a corset, stocking and an overwhelming amount of jewelry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chain-like jewelry especially representative of Goth culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intricacy and variety </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Illuminated face contrasting with dark features and hair </li></ul><ul><li>Powerful stance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Formidable, piercing glare </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asymmetric </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Again resembles a gargoyle </li></ul>
  12. 12. Il. 6 <ul><li>Dress covered in embellishments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intricacy, difficulty and awe-inspiring </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Embellished finger pieces and headpiece </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Verticality </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This outfit and photograph makes a statement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rose window in a cathedral </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Focal point & light source </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Magnificence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Facial expression </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Awe </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Romantic - Sublime & Picturesque <ul><li>Sublime </li></ul><ul><li>“ wild and daunting.” - Baddeley </li></ul><ul><li>Fearsome nature </li></ul><ul><ul><li>stark contrast between dark and light </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facial expressions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hair and make-up </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Magnificence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every piece of clothing and jewelry is haute couture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dark and light - rihanna’s face illuminated </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Picturesque </li></ul><ul><li>The images are shown in a very high-profile magazine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject, photographer, clothes and accessories </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Irregularity & Variety of Form </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clothing and jewelry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Textures and styles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relationship between light and dark </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lack of symmetry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rihanna’s poses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Roughness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clothing & demeanor </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. “ Fashion as a Vampire” <ul><li>“ A destructive impulse in fashion centers on change: what was in yesterday is out today. Although fashion is the modern measure of time, it also exists outside the organic cycle of birth, death and decay. The human body may age and die, but by celebrating novelty and artificiality, fashion promises seasonal renewal and eternal youth…l i ke the vampire, fashion is undead.” - Jennifer Park and Valerie Steele </li></ul>THE END

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