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Welcome to my world of darkly romantic clothing & imagery

Mourning Brandy





I've been in love with the softer side of goth style since Dark Shadows took it's vampiric soap opera into the past and introduced us hippies of the 1960s to the Empire look of the late 1700s/early 1800s. This triggered an interest in the history of costume which led me to the flowing goddess-robes of ancient Greece which led me to Isadora Duncan's neo-Greek dance dresses of the 1920s. Period pieces are gorgeous on their own... when I can afford to buy them or have the time and ability to make them... but it's also fun to mix vintage with store bought retro and reworked modern pieces. Most goths I've met are very creative when it comes to personal style.

photo "Mourning Brandy" ęcopyright 2002-2006 John & Catresea Ann Canivan



On Facebook? Come and play VAMPIRES!
Bite, fight, feed & have some bloody good fun. It's free :-)

Barnabas & Maggie-Josette from Dark Shadows Angelique from Dark Shadows



Stevie Nicks dancing on stage Stevie Nicks sings Rhiannon The first modern celebrity who put it all together for me was Stevie Nicks with her magical Rhiannon costume of flowing black chiffon in the mid-70s. Since then, Stevie's style has been one of my main inspirations. I still can't figure how she manages to dance around in those high platforms though, LOL! Personally, I prefer lace-up Victorian style granny boots. I bought my first pair in Greenwich Village in 1967 and have been collecting them ever since. I also have a penchant for jagged hemmed skirts, flowy high waisted dresses and anything with fringe (more photos coming soon) I'm constantly haunting thrift shops and swap meets in search of nicely priced romantic goth clothing and when I find something cool that doesn't fit or suit me, I often buy it anyway and it ends up for sale on ebay. Check out my auctions... my ebay ID is "swingkitti."






Tribal fusion bellydancer Rachel Brice is not only a brilliantly mesmerizing dancer but her exotic costumes merge gothic and tribal influences in a form that is both edgy and darkly romantic. Beaded & feathered dreadlocks, artful tattoos, flowing skirts and scarves, dramatic jewelry... just gorgeous! Of course it can help to have a great body to pull off this look, but gothic bellydance (or Raks Gothique as it is sometime called) style can be adapted to women of all sizes, shapes and ages.


gothic fusion bellydance exercises Rachel also has created a DVD called Tribal Fusion - Yoga Isolations & Drills for Bellydance that includes and incredible performance, Rachel dancing in costume a candlelit room that's a cross between the Arabian Nights and Phantom of the Opera. The instructional section of the DVD is for intermediate to advanced dancers; if you're a novice dancer, consider taking a course from a local instructor or check out the videos on my Learn To Bellydance page.







Gothic BellyDance DVD Gothic Bellydance DVD featuring goth inspired bellydancers including Tempest, and Ariellah of California; Asharah, Ya Meena and Raven of Washington, DC; Jeniviva, Ayshe, Jehan, Tanna, Blanca and Neon of New York City, as well as Stark...sublime...intense. The phenomenon of Gothic Bellydance is a multitude of poetic visions born out of the Goth, or Gothic, subculture, music, imagery and fashion, and expressed in the language of Bellydance. GBD incorporates many Bellydance styles and motifs: Cabaret, Tribal Fusion, modern dance, echoes of Gypsy dance, Flamenco, Asian, and Indian dance--all called to express the darkness of the unknown, and the mysteries of life, death, and eternity that have inspired Goth philosophies and lifestyles. This first of its kind, groundbreaking collaborative project brings you the work of innovative and uncompromising "dark fusion" artists including a number of the recognized pioneers of Gothic Bellydance. The DVD features music by outstanding composers and performers including Solace, Jehan, Collide, Knossos and Gypsy Caravan.


gothic fusion bellydance for the beautiful freaks September 18 update: Available now! I just got mine and it's fabulous!



Bellydance for Beautiful Freaks with Tempest


For the free spirits and the urban rebels, for Beautiful Freaks of every persuasion who revel in the unusual and the unique, welcome to an offering of self-expression through dance. Join Tempest, a pioneer of Gothic Bellydance in the US, to learn steps and combinations based on the vocabulary of bellydance and adapted to look awesome on a club dancefloor. Set to amazing Gothic, Industrial, Dark Cabaret, and Dark Ambient music by Collide, Skinny Puppy, Jill Tracy, and Nox Arcana, this dance exploration pays no tribute to the rules and rhythms of the mundane world. The Beautiful Freak within will feel the heartbeat that resonates in time with yours.

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Romantic Gothic Photography

Halloween Pictures - sun god and moon goddess

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Altered States of Consciousness
legal highs for gravers & others


Gothic Clothing & Jewelry Online



WowWigs.com
costume & fashion wigs from china doll bobs to tribal braids & long gypsy styles & everything in between

Busted Tees
Defunker: Get t-shirts no one else has

J-List is a wonderful toybox of things from Japan - come see
J-List is a peaceful island of Japanese pop culture for you

Urban Outfitters
The latest styles from Free People, Lux, Diesel, Itsus, Sugar, Chinese Laundry, Paul Frank & Rocketdog
plus drastically slashed prices on overstocks



Zappos Shoes & Boots Doc Martens & more

CafePress carries a huge collection of unique items by independent designers. Search for your style..

BuyCostumes
Cool & reasonably priced costumes. Catwoman, dark fairies, mythological & fantasy characters. Good prices.

Italian Charm Bracelets
& Zoppini charms including winged heart charms, bats, snakes, insects, "13", moons, stars, signs of the zodiac
peace signs, ghosts, music symbols, lots more. And they'll give you a free Zoppini starter bracelet with any charm you buy.



Dance Vision
Slinky sexy skirts, bodysuits, shoes and more



Bare Necessities
the finest name brand underwear and lingerie at discount prices

Kambriel Gothic Clothing

Chainmail Silver - handmade & unique

Dragonfly Design Historical & Fantasywear

BeadRoom.com unique vintage, lampwork & crystal beads

AlexBlake.com
Lots of tights and stockings, including fishnets and low-rise opaques, at reasonable prices.

Gypsy Moon Enchanting Clothing



Rock and Roll Gypsy Accessories great fringed purses!

Custom Vampire Fangs from $7.95 a pair



My own collection of handcrafted earrings & necklaces


Supplies for creative do-it-yourself types

Joann's
great selection of fabrics plus notions & crafters supplies

MisterArt
discount arts & crafts supplies

Clotilde
save 20% on sewing, quilting and needlework notions

Books to Inspire

Fairie-Ality: The Fashion Collection by David Ellwand, David Downton & Eugenie Bird
Haute Couture of the Faerie Realm

Patterns of Fashion: 1660-1860 by Janet Arnold

Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Survey by Alison Gernsheim

Corsets and Crinolines by Norah Waugh
historical background and sewing patterns!

Vintage Style 1920-1960 by Desire Smith

Fashions of the Roaring '20s by Ellie Laubner

Fashions of a Decade : The 1930s

Fashions of a Decade : The 1940s

Face Forward by Kevyn Aucoin
An exploration of the past, present, and future of beauty,
showcasing the transformative, creative possibilities of makeup which "should be fun, not facist!"


Blood And Glitter by Mick Rock & David Bowie
Classic images of seminal altrockers Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Roxy Music, Queen, Debbie Harry
& the cast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.


Goth: Identity, Style and Subculture by Paul Hodkinson

21st Century Goth by Mick Mercer

Goth Chic by Gavin Baddeley
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GothicMatch.com - the best Gothic dating site!

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