The Influence Of Gothic Culture On Fashion

“Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future” – Albert Camus. Culture is not just important for our society but even very necessary in terms of creativity, creativity nourished by different cultures can contribute to a bigger influence in our lifestyle and generally on fashion, when viewed in a bigger picture.

The Gothic culture is said to have emerged during the seventies. Goths are personified with their love for dark things and colors.  Gothic culture is being featured all over the world in Japan, Germany, Kenya, Iran even to India.



Goth culture has left its fingerprints on street fashion in outfits introduced by designers such as Rick Owens, Alexander Wang or Hood by Air. The dark features and fashion style was adapted by hip hop artist such as Kanye West, Jay Z and Asap Rocky. Of course Goth fashion and culture has evidently inspired the high end fashion as well. Alexander McQueen combined aesthetic and contemporary fashion with Gothic. Givenchy’s collections has portrayed a lot dark glamour since 2005. Jean Paul Gaultier also presented his Fall/Winter 2014- 15 collection with lots of dark accents inspired by the goth culture.


In conclusion, the Gothic culture has proven as example of how culture in general has an effect on creativity and fashion. In this case, Gothic fashion and culture were taking from their original context and giving a new creative meaning in street and high end fashion.

Blog post by: Kwadwo O. Ansah – FA254