Hey, Ertsy Fashionistas! Here we are with the Ertsy last <and definitely not the least> look of 2016. *wohoo* No, I’m not happy because it is the last look but for the fact that the shoot has been so amazing in so many ways for me. To break it down for you, first of all, this shoot is straight from the Gothic Quarters of Barcelona. Not only does it suit my Goth theme but it also feeds my love to learn about new cultures.
To begin with, even though the Gothic Culture and Subculture are largely seen as a phase, it is, in fact, a full-fledged culture dating back to the Roman era. What we see today in its popular representation is the subculture. The Goths were an East Germanic people, two of whose branches, the Visigoths and the Ostrogoths, played an important role in the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the emergence of Medieval Europe. All that amazing Gothic Architecture around Western Europe, like Notre Dame in Paris, Westminster Abbey etc, is courtesy them.
The Goth we know of today is actually the Gothic Sub-culture that saw its rise in the 18th century with new genre in literature as well as music. A genre of arts that combined romance and horror that made the ethics and aesthetics of this sub-culture. That’s why Vampires or anything in & around those mythical creatures work the best for goths.
Hands down Mary Shelly’s Frankenstien is one of the most iconic Gothic Literature Pieces even today. You may also know of several bandleaders like Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Robert Smith of The Cure, Peter Murphy of Bauhaus, Rozz Williams of Christian Death, Ian Curtis of Joy Division,and Dave Vanian of The Damned. These are some of the biggest influencers of the rise of this sub-culture.
Another important influencer as well as aspect of the Gothic Sub-culture is its fashion. With heavily borrowed styles from the punk fashion, Victorians and Elizabethans, the Goth fashion is dark, catchy and antiquated.
It is everything that has intrigued the ertsy in me for as long as I remember. So, when I was finally in Barcelonian Gothic Quarter that stands as the epitome of this legacy and sub-culture, I just couldn’t resist but style myself as one. To give an ertsy edge to it, I modernised the look, added our signature comfort. Oh, and the newly embraced French-elegance.
Low behold, the Moda Gothica!
Like the original brief, it is dark and antiquated with that beautiful neck piece and some storming make up, I’ve kept it pretty hipster-ish with my off-shoulder peach lace top and a semi-tulle black skirt. There’s a sling bag to compliment the look and also carry my essentials with a pair of walkable yet sexy boots!
To take it up a notch, I added a faux-fur coat to help me fend the cold as well as make the look more chic and goth.
And the streets of the Gothic quarter just added dimensions to my theme of choice, no matter where I turned!
And, although the look was all about the dark look and the antiquated theme…
I couldn’t have helped a smile here and there, anyway! *wink*
So, that was my version of the Gothica, hope you like it and learn something about the Gothic Culture, too. Will be back with a new look next week.
Till then, have a cheery holiday, stay ertsy and be your own desire! xx