While white is now de rigueur for bridal attire, the fashion for white wedding gowns originated only in the late 19th century and was not commonplace until the 20th century. This dress is a good example of the more practical 19th century practice of brides wearing colored gowns for weddings. The wedding dresses could then be worn again for other receptions and social events. A well-made and finely-detailed example of the period, this dress would have been described as a “cuirass” or “cuirass style” at the time it was made, a term that refers to the form-fitted bodice. A steel-boned corset helped to achieve the ideal figure for the cuirass style in the 1870s and 1880s.
So I ventured into a highstreet shop the other day to see what I could find (not very much). However I did find this black skirt which, when worn with a simple vest top, isn’t exactly my style (although it does make for a nice, quick outfit if I need to pop out somewhere or I don’t feel the need to make an effort with my outfit).
The hope was that I could make it work, which I think I’ve managed. Even though these pictures aren’t great, it looks lovely with my black netted petticoat underneath, and I think it looks quite cute with this particular dress shirt.
All-in-all I’m very pleased with my new buy. Maybe when I have a bit more time, I’ll have more of a look around some highstreet shops to see what I can find. I like a challenge when it comes to making basic pieces into Gothic wonders :)
Kate Moss for Vogue Paris, September 2012
By Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot
Submitted by filthyvictorianmademoiselle :
Model & Styling: Mademoiselle Karma http://facebook.com/mademoisellekarmamodel
Photographer: Knochensaege - Photodesign http://knochensaege-photodesign.weebly.com/
Submitted by serotonin000:
We must suffer to realize, we must despair again and again
No longer our knees we shall bend, no longer fold our frozen hands
We long for the darkness, our flames still burn for mother night…
Behold us now, as we cry, soon to die… to rise again
Copyright/Model: Melinoe Photography: PR Zone Corset: Burleska UK Location: Black Elysian Fields
Submitted by soiu-fun-house:
An old picture of me hope you will enjoy ! :)
Wonderful photo! Thank you
I’m worried I might get judged in the Goth Community because I’m black, and from what friends have told me black people can’t be goth……like….I don’t know….-confused-
Goth has absolutely nothing to do with race and anyone who says otherwise is wrong, wrong, wrong.
The stereotype of a pale-faced girl with black hair and red lips is only that, a stereotype. It is an oversimplified (and often misinterpreted) idea of what goth is. It is not a rule for anyone to live by or a law that restricts who can call themself goth and who can’t.
This subculture is based on people sharing the same love for the macabre, the music, the literature, the aesthetics. Fashion and looks are only a fraction of that, and you shouldn’t have to feel like you cannot be a part of the subculture because one part of you does not fit the stereotype.
Wear whatever makes you comfortable, call yourself goth if that’s how you feel, and don’t let anyone tell you you’re not welcome in this subculture because of the colour of your skin. Goth has nothing to do with race, and you are more than welcome to be a part of it.
If you’re interested, there are some blogs on Tumblr dedicated to goths of colour as well:
I love everything about this photo