Gothic Fashion Design Gets Haute

by Kristin Marino
Fashion School Review Columnist

May 26, 2006

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While some Gothic fashion draws heavily from the morbid and gloomy, Gothic fashion and clothing design has become less dependent on combat boots, ripped clothing, and black hair dye. High fashion Gothic design is based on Victorian style and includes fabrics like satin, velvet, lace, brocade, and chiffon. A career designing Gothic clothing for women means incorporates long, flared skirts, clothing fitted at the bust and waist, and rich jewel tones. Gothic fashion design celebrates femininity and sensuality, and includes all body types.

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When Goth god Marilyn Manson and Burlesque entertainer Dita Von Teese were married in December 2005, Gothic fashion was elevated to haute couture. The wedding took place in Ireland, and according to reports the ceremony was lovely and traditional. Ms. Von Teese wore a rich violet gown by the original alternative fashion design maven Vivienne Westwood. Manson wore a black silk tux by the fashion designer John Galliano. A wedding guest told People magazine: "Everyone expected Manson and Dita to have some sort of crazy vampire wedding, but anyone who knows the couple knew it would be the classy, stylish affair that it was."

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Kambriel is a clothing designer who has built her fashion career on gothic fashion design. She was voted the 2005 Gothic Beauty Designer of the Year by Gothic Beauty magazine, a serious fashion magazine with an alternative point of view from the mainstream fashion magazines. Kambriel's fashion designs are graceful and feminine. She has also designed for musicians, artists, and stage productions. Comedian Margaret Cho wears Kambriel's designs. Kambriel describes her fashion designs as "...eerily beautiful clothing and accessories for those of a darkly elegant nature."

If you want a fashion career but don't fit the mainstream fashion mold, you're in luck. You've chosen a career where there's room for everyone.


About the Author
Kristin Marino is obsessed with haute couture, even though she lives in Reno, Nevada, where you can't even get Gucci or Louis Vuitton, let alone Jimmy Choo. She has a Bachelor of Art in English Composition from the University of Nevada.

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