Welcome to my world of darkly romantic clothing & imagery
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
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
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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.
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 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.
September 18 update: Available now! I just got mine and it's fabulous!
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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