Sunday, 13 April 2014

Encyclopaedia of Alternative Fashion † Oriental goth

The full Encyclopaedia of Alternative Fashion can be found here.


Gender balance
Mostly women.

Defining colours
Whilst not the be-all-and-end-all, 

  • black, and
  • red
are very common in this style.


Oriental goth is a subset of goth which incorporates Asian symbols, particularly from East Asia (China and Japan). Oriental goths with inspiration from the subcontinent are not so common. Note that this style  is different to J-Goth.

And then you get Persian inspired :) Source.

Common embellishments include Asian patterns (dragons, phoenixes, cherry blossoms etc.), paper parasols, hair chopsticks, 'geisha' makeup, fans and modified kimono or cheong sam (qipao). Makeup usually involves striking red lips and dark eye makeup, sometimes with a little red or pink on the eyelids.

Fashion inspirations in popular culture
The witch Yuuko Ichihara from xxxHolic exemplifies Oriental Goth. She is invariably found in black and red and mostly kimonos. Her outfits are always incredibly elaborate.

And then I give you a photo of Yuuko in a cheong
sam. Bonus: Watanuki in oriental goth!  Source.

Further reading and resources

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