Fashion Post 5: Industial Fashion and Gothic Subculture

For this fashion post we wanted to introduce some industrial fashion. Firstly, it must be explained that industrial music and goth music are separate genres. Industrial music started with bands like Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire while gothic music finds its roots with bands like Bauhaus and Siouxsie and the Banshees which are very different styles of music altogether. In fact, the term “industrial music”  comes from the record label, Industrial Records, which was founded by Throbbing Gristle in the first place.

However, as time would have it there has been a lot of crossover between the two genres in recent years and many modern gothic or post-goth bands cite industrial bands or industrial rock as influences in addition to their trad-goth heritage. In fact, many goth clubs play industrial influenced music. Naturally, there are a lot of people in the gothic subculture who enjoy industrial music. Likewise, there are many “rivetheads,” as they are sometimes called, who enjoy goth music and go to goth clubs. Furthermore, there is lots of crossover in the fashion of each subculture (so much so that there are those who identify as industrial goths. Industrial fashion often features militaristic influence or even technological influence. Yet, it bears resemblence to traditional gothic fashion in that it often features monochrome color palletes and fetish aesthetics. Thus, we decided to display some images which we feel capture the essence of industrial fashion and also might appeal to some of those within the gothic subculture.

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