Friday, August 29, 2008

How to Kill a Subculture

As some of you may know (and a lot of you don't), I was heavily involved in my local Goth scene in my late teens, early twenties. It was a scene. There were picnics, parties, dance nights, etc. It was a lot of fun, and is where I learned to make clothes from scratch.

The scene does not exist anymore, here in Quebec there are a couple hold outs. However it is a different kind of thing, it's more commercial, and less involved. It also hasn't evolved in the last 5-10 years. It's a stagnant dead creature.

The fashion and advertising industry have been milking it for everything it has these past ten years, and causing the culture to disappear. And now it's been declared as a great fashion influence and is being celebrated by FIT in an exhibit starting sept 5th in NYC.

Taken from
"OK, kidding aside, the gothic subculture has had a serious impact on contemporary fashion, perhaps never more so than last season, when everyone from Ann Demeulemeester and Rick Owens to Alexander Wang and the Rodarte sisters went a bit ghoulish. Starting on September 5, the Fashion Institute of Technology will present Gothic: Dark Glamour, an exhibit exploring the aesthetic from the perspective of both the catwalk and the streets. This, clearly, is a trend that won't be going away anytime soon. Somebody call Siouxsie Sioux."

Really can we leave the poor lady alone? Isn't it enough to steal her image, do you have to make fun of her for it as well?

-Sarah, who needs to go and listen to some Banshees.

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