Halloween is always full of all things shadowy and spooky, but this year we’re seeing an unprecedented amount of high-end goth being celebrated, as major cultural institutions and fashion trends turn to the dark side.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art launches their “Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire” exhibition this week, covering the outfits that the grief-stricken have worn for the past two centuries. On the other side of the East River, Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum is thriving as a destination for those who are fascinated by the material and cultural history of death.
In London, the “Witches and Wicked Bodies” show at the British Museum explores the depiction of witches throughout Western art history, and the British Library’s “Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination” exhibition displays objects that reflect “our enduring fascination with the mysterious, the terrifying and the macabre” from the likes of Bram Stoker, Alexander McQueen, and Mary Shelley.
On the fashion front, designer Gareth Pugh has received much fanfare for his Spring 2015 collection that showed gowns fit for an occult wedding, embellished with pentagram bodices and minotaur masks. Dolce & Gabbanna’s Winter 2015 show took a page from an ink-dipped fairy tale, replete with violet-lit, skeletal trees and gem-encrusted ghostly silhouettes. Even exercise gear is stepping into the shadows, thanks to the spreading Health Goth trend. Spearheaded by two men who were tired of bright and shiny workout clothes and sunny fitness attitudes, it incorporates such elements as all-black sneakers, death metal yoga, and T-shirts emblazoned with deadly slogans.
It’s all quite decadent, in the literal sense.