When considering contemporary gothic fashion lifestyle, there is always a lingering essence of past incarnations, subcultural ethos and a mood to the more sombre side of life itself.
In a field of study as well-established as the Gothic, it is surprising how much contention there is over precisely what that term refers to. Is Gothic a genre, for instance, or a mode? Should it be only applicable to literary and film texts that deal with tropes of haunting and trauma set in a gloomy atmosphere, or might it meaningfully be applied to other cultural forms of production, such as music or animation? Can television shows aimed at children be considered Gothic? What about food? When is something “Gothic” and when is it “horror”? Is there even a difference?
For countless years, Gothic had a reasonable outlay of places to purchase their darkwear. Hot Topic and Lip Service were hardly two of the houses that sold affordably, fundamental clothing for gothic who wanted to dance to Ministry on the weekends. But in 2016, Gothics have a wondrous world of exquisite designer clothing that exists on the fringes of fashion, a place that mirrors their position within culture as a whole.