Thursday, 30 August 2012

What makes you Goth? Reasons & History

Ok so this question has posed a lot of debate throughout the internet recently and I get many questions on the subject from people asking what makes them goth. I find this quite disheartening as I feel people feel segregated from the sub culture and that they're not good or should I say goth enough to reside in the subculture. Sure the subculture has an overall theme into the music, clothing etc. that is constant throughout. Otherwise how would we distinguish a goth to any other member of the public? But creating rules or set guidelines as to what is goth and what is not goth I find very sad indeed.
Goth is a Post-Punk subculture that came about in the early 80's in England with bands such as alien sex fiend and other underground bands. Then siouxsie sioux came along and created the Goth title as a way of describing her new album at the time. At this time the punks just dressed how they wanted and were called goths. They didn't even consider themselves goth's but actually punks. The goth subculture was born attracting many other style genres including new romantic which is affiliated with bands such as Adam and the Ants and the Culture Club. The Batcave was established during this that attracted goths and further created the goth sub culture. From here goths expanded there style to form new sub genres of their own including deathrock.

In this documentary taken in 1983 it is stated that they thought they were Punks and that they dressed however they felt as a form of artistic self expression.

I am writing this post due to a message I received this morning and I feel like I had to say something in a blog about my reasoning's for the way I think and my opinions. 

Goth is whatever you make it. Meaning it is your own unique take on the subculture providing it has a dark underlying theme. Only you yourself can establish whether you are goth or not. You can do whatever you like with it, be it listening to other genres of music and incorporating it into your already gothic style or being inspired by non gothic icons or even buying clothes from brands or designers. From the beginning people have created different looks and genres within the goth subculture and I think by giving rules or guidelines limits creativity and a persons own right of artistic self expression. It is a fascist mindset and I think it is wrong and leaves fellow inexperienced goths feeling like they are not good enough or that they don't belong.

The subculture should celebrate peoples imaginations and support growth and positivity. It should not be another club that only exclusive members with the right mindset, clothing or music taste get to be a part of.


Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Creature of the Night

The one thing I simply adore about modelling is the transformation and portraying different characters through artistic experimentation and for quite sometime the idea of becoming a dark creature of some sort with an Athenian like personality really struck me. So I explored the concept of being beauty and innocence in something so strong (like the goddess Athena).
I also wanted to delve on the character of Pan, again taken from greek mythology. I focused on the interpretation of Pan in the film Pan's Labyrinth. This character though wise is still very mysterious and dark. From here I started creating my own creature, the Creature of the Night. 
So in essence I had to have antlers or horns and also claws. I had previously purchased and designed an antler head piece from CuriologyOnline.
The claws I decided would be in the form of acrylic nails so it looks like I naturally have claws. Now the outfit, it had to be kind of tribal and rough but also elegant. So I rummaged through my wardrobe and found a top I made out of ripped fishnets, a corset I had been meaning to use in a shoot, a net skirt and a feather shoulder piece.
Now for the make up I had decided no eyebrows were essential to make myself look more creature like. To create an innocent eye I opted for GEO Angel Grey Circle lenses. I was inspired by marilyn manson's Holywood era especially the Nobody's video. I liked the woodland setting and becoming part of the surroundings. Also inspired by the Disposable teens video outfit and make up I came up with this. I also had a beautiful necklace by CuriologyOnline to model to for them. The hair was the next task. I have bundles of kanekalon fibers at home and need to use them at some point. So I decide to make to huge messy buns with them and secured a white extension in my fringe to create some diversity and contrast. On the day I realized that the black/silver lip would detract too much from the eyes so instead I wore a nude lip.

 So I ended up shooting the idea with Twitch Photos in a woodland setting. It all came together so perfectly and better than expected. When coming up with concepts you have an idea in your head and seeing it in the flesh or on film even is just amazing. You never really know how it will turn out either. 

These photos were also published in Issue #7 of Rebelicious Magazine for a CuriologyOnline Article.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Porcelain Lace

Earlier this year I shot with the amazing PhotographAmy. I ad previously worked with this talented lady whilst working with Alice Bizarre and resulted with some amazing images themed around "Within The Shadows" which can be viewed here.
So it was time for round two. I really wanted to shoot lingerie/implied nude for my portfolio and just had to incorporate lace! I own these amazing briefs from Agent Provocateur that my boyfriend bought me one Christmas and I have always been looking for an opportunity to wear them. I was inspired by neutral, "natural" tones but with a twist. Focusing on natural beauty but much more Gothic. The make up concept was a soft winged eyeliner with subtle grey and white toned eyeshadow, then with striking black lips. I didn't wear any contouring or bush just to keep the colours very monotone and to emphasize the milk-like tone of my porcelain pale skin. Now I have the lingerie done I was contemplating what to wear on the top half. Because I wanted to experiment with implied nude I had pasties in mind, and because of the dark influence upside down crosses were the key. I liked the idea of it being subtle and combining innocence and modesty with satanic symbolism. Now because this was my first ever implied nude/lingerie shoot I wanted to keep some modesty and not for it to turn out in a glamour model fashion, it wasn't the look I was aiming for. Lots of long black beads and some lace bunny ears I think finished off the look and added a touch of elegance and playful femininity.

So pleased with the final images and maybe there will be some more in the future.
Check out PhotographAmy's work here -

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Glamour Goth

For years I have been experimenting with my image and aesthetic and throughout my teenage life it was very apparent it was a string of goth, I just couldn't pinpoint which one. I realise labeling isn't the thing to do but at that age I had a yearning to fit in or better than that to belong to something. That was just my nature at that point in time. Now after maturing I have discovered the importance of being myself no matter the cost or consequence. 
With all this said it has become very apparent that my style is just Glamour Goth. Well to me this is a very obvious and clear way to identify my style and what my aesthetic is about. 
What is my style and aesthetic? Well I live life as though I am a piece of art not in a pretentious way but in a fundamental dandyism way inspired by Oscar Wildes philosophy of "art for arts sake". I also live by the dita's philosophy of "anyone has the potential to be glamorous" and I wish to evoke glamour at all possible times, this does not mean being fully dolled up at every waking hour but taking the time to make an effort with ones self, for example making sure my nails are painted nicely and that I wear things that flatter me including lounge wear. Then the gothic element comes in, I have always been more darkly inclined and this reflects heavily in my style. But I do not buy into stereotypes nor wear things to look more goth or to wear things just because of the alternative brand. I take the high fashion goth trends into something my own and much more glamorous and vintage inspired. 
I am also extremely feminine by nature, I suspect it is influenced by my mother as she is also like this and would buy me make up and lingerie during my early teens. I also developed very early and by age fifteen was wearing DD cups with a full hour glass figure. This made me very reluctant to wear jeans and trousers only leaving skirts and tight fitting tops as loose fitted would drape over my bust creating an ill formed silhouette. So that is the origin of my many dresses, skirts, heels, lingerie and make up. Now I would never part with them and still do not have a pair of jeans to my name. 
So Glamour goth is just style with both classic gothic and glamour influences. Also with a personal twist as any style is moulded to the individual.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Gothic Handbags & Purses

Gothic bags is always a difficult subject for me as I always find it very hard to find bags that incorporate my gothic style but are still practical and affordable. Now being a secret fashionista I just fall in love with designer bags but they are not really that affordable. Not on my budget anyway. This doesn't mean I am not subjective to fall in love with designer pieces anyway. 

Lulu Guinness is by far my favourite designer when it comes to handbags. The designs are elaborate and quirky but also use luxurious fabrics like silk and velvet. The interior of each bag is black and white striped and every goth loves some beetlejuice inspired fabric. The actual bags themselves range from a clutch purse, zip tote and my favourite metal clasp. 

I own one Lulu Guinness bag and if you are like me and the price tag is a little too much wait for the sales which are usually mid June or Boxing day. At first it will be 30-50% off but after 3 weeks or so they slash it down to 70% so sometimes it's worth waiting. Also if you search Lulu Guiness into Ebay or google shopping it will bring up discounted and also old stock. So if there is a design your after check them. 
The bag I own - Black Devour Lips Wanda Bag with the striped interior. 

Looking for bags on the high street can prove an even more difficult challenge with even more shops turning to cheaper fabrics and mainstream designs. I have a few favourite brands on the high street that I have used and are affordable, beautiful and also durable.

Jane Norman

Morgan De Toi 

Suzy Smith

Black Rose Jaquard Frame Bag - I have this bag but it got very scruffy after years of use. 

I get a lot of questions about my bags and where I bought them etc. So I hope this helps some people and also answers some questions. 

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Viktor & Rolf Perfumery - The Secret Service Review

I love perfume and own a variety of bottles and scents but my all time favorite has to be flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf. I love floral scents so this "flower explosion" really contains every element of fragrance that I adore. From the beautiful crystal clear bottle to the muted pink elixir that it contains. Now on opening the box to your perfume there is a little leaflet inviting you to the "Secret Service".
I thought it was probably just another bid to send me thousands of emails notifying me with advertising and marketing surveys but I decided to give it a try anyway.
Every perfume you buy has a unique code that you can enter on registration and the service will keep a record of each one you buy on entering the specific codes inside each box of perfume you acquire. I was very pleasantly surprised by the outcome. You are greeted with a beautiful webpage and a very artistic insight into the brand and the perfume. So overall benefits you as a customer.

Then about a month after I signed up they sent me this package in the mail. Which was such a nice surprise!

It's a letter and also a free perfume sample and mini body lotion. What a nice way for a company to say thank you to it's customers.