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Does dark fashion have a gothic origin? Dark fashion is it a trend? Is it a lifestyle? Is it a believe? What is it? Often compared with the gothic fashion, it certainly is not the same. They do have something in common though. Both clothing styles are marked by a dark and mysterious feel and homogeneous colors, mostly black. 

History of Gothic

To understand the origin of dark fashion clothing I’ll give a quick summery of the origin of the gothic subculture. The early 80’s were a time of changing perspectives on the world. The time of a love and peace mindset changed into ‘we have to fight for what we believe’. It became a time of many protests against the established order. This brought also new visions, a new energy, and thus many new genres of music. From post punk and new wave sprung the gothic-rock scene. Darker sounds, arrangements and dramatic melancholic melodies. This gave birth to the gothic subculture with themes as dark romanticism, tragedy, compassion mingled with melancholy, morbidity and the supernatural. These are adopted from the architecture, literature and arts, from the late 18th century, also know as the Neo-gothic and Romantic era. The Gothic scene adopted also its fashion elements such as corsets, velvets and petticoats which gave it its signature look when we think of Goths. We can say the Gothic scene is still very much alive today as we look at the many sub-scenes that sprung from it. 

Dark fashion a Gothic origin

Now back to the question; does dark fashion have a gothic origin? I would very much say yes! So what is the difference between the Gothic scene and Dark fashion? My explanation would be that many fashion designers look and study many subcultures and shape it through their own image and hand to translate it into their own vision. To say it in an easier way, they look for inspiration often in subcultures. Now we all know how inspiration works. It’s an element of creation. In order to create something new we need tot have inspiration. So when we let the Gothic scene inspire us it doesn’t mean that the outcome will look similar. Often the basic emotions still can be sensed but the look can be totally different. That’s why dark fashion can look very futuristic but still carries the emotions of dark romanticism. Mostly represented by the color black with some hints of grays or other darker or muted colors.

Elements of dark fashion

Glamgoth or glunge can certainly be found within the dark fashion scene. It’s where gothic meets glamour or glamour meets grunge. Both with a dark aesthetic with a glamorous raw edge. Within dark fashion many types of silhouettes can be found. From tailored to a wide fit or layered and from glamour to casual. All have in common that the black colored looks mostly have a stronger silhouette. The dark fashion style can be found with women’s wear and men’s wear. But also unisex items are becoming more common, as the color black makes no distinction in gender regarding to shapes. Meaning black is an ideal color to make a more feminine shape become more masculine and vise versa. 

Dark fashion designers

When we think of dark fashion clothes most of you will think of Rick Owens, whose ground breaking collections earned him the name The lord of Darkness. But also Alexander McQueen had a dark interpretation to fashion when you look into the concept behind the clothes, while Sarah Burton’s collections are a much milder but more refined version. Yohji Yamamoto can certainly also be associated with dark fashion especially his commercial brand S’YTE. And let’s not forget Rei Kawakubo for COMME des GARÇONS, which early adopters of the brand were derisively referred to as “black crows.” 

Is dark fashion a trend?

Can we say dark fashion is a trend? As trends go by quick I would say not. Dark fashion is amongst us already for quite some time by now and it will be there for quite some more years to come as it still is very much alive. This we can say because dark fashion itself already has its own subcultures emerging like Dark wear, Tech wear. Is it a lifestyle, a believe? I think for the hardcore Rick Owens fans I would say yes, with a wink. There are numerous dedicated people with daily posts on instagram showing off their latest fashion investments. But for many people dark fashion might be just a choice of fashion, but certainly not a believe.    

Haruco-vert and dark fashion

This said, why do I dedicate this blog to Dark Fashion? When writing my blogs I try little by little to explain what Haruco-vert is all about. And dark fashion also plays a part in the Haruco-vert Universe. We flirt a little with dark fashion in most of our expressions, be it the clothing itself, our photography or even our music for our fashion films. Although we use many colors as well, a lot of our pieces can be part of a dark fashion outfit or wardrobe I would say. So explained what this fashion style is, perhaps it is time to discover your inner dark fashion self within your wardrobe? I bet you can find an item which you can wear in a dark fashion way!

We think we created succesfully a little black dress that both is suitable in a dark fashion wardrobe as well as in a colorful wardrobe. Interested in how we did this? Keep reading!

First a bit of history

The little black dress, also shortened to LBD, is the ultimate women’s wardrobe classic everybody has heard of. The little black dress is a popular style that’s extremely versatile that will dress women of any age. But what exactly is a little black dress and what is its origin?

A LBD is a black evening dress or cocktail dress with a simple cut and often short in length. Coco Chanel is, according to fashion historians, one of the most famous designers who popularized this iconic fashion item. Her idea was that the LBD should be long-lasting, versatile, affordable and widely accessible. Every woman should be able to afford herself to be chic. Vogue published Chanels version on its cover in 1926 of this fashion dress and called it Chanel’s Ford.

Why the color black?

Once the symbolic color of mourning and wealth, but in fashion it is praised for its mysterious, serious, and elegant qualities. Black slims the body, frames the face and hides imperfections. These specific facts are reason to state that every woman needs this simple yet elegant dress to be part of her wardrobe. It is classless, timeless and ageless.

Many designers besides Coco Chanel had their take on this iconic fashion dress. For example Givenchy, who designed the famous dress that Audrey Hepburn was wearing in the opening scene of film classic ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’’s.

Haruco-vert’s LBD

Studied the aspects of the little black dress; timeless, ageless, long-lasting, versatile, affordable and accessible, we designed our version of this iconic fashion dress. Instead of using satin, silk or other rich fabrics, we chose a hydrophillic cotton because of its unique and easy to wear qualities. Its quirky appearance we used to create a rich, chic and, most importantly, easy to wear modern little black dress. The hydropillic fabric is ideal to use for a raw edge finishing. This gives the black dress a unique and unexpected appearance.

Keeping in mind it should enhance every womans beauty we created a shape that fits a diversity of body types. The chicness in this modern version of the LBD is created by the diagonal placed raw edge chiffon strips, which flows eleganty down the dress. Both the fabrics and the placement create a perfect symbiose within this black cotton dress which is both quirky and rich in appearance. We think we created succesfully a black dress that both is suitable in a dark fashion wardrobe as well as in a colorful wardrobe. Therefore a musthave for every woman! See for yourself!