As the show season unravelled, we saw the Gothic Girl reign supreme. In London, the conversation was more punky, scrappy and DIY. Most of the looks felt thrifted or stitched together, with Victorian- or Edwardian-inspired pieces. This iteration was at the core of Dilara Findikoglu’s show. Versace’s vampy brides fell into the punkier, Y2K, Goth Princess category along with Blumarine. Prada presented a Wednesday Addams vision. Then came the LA goths, darkly elegant and inspired by the silver screen. Ruling over them all is fashion’s Dark Lord, California-born Rick Owens. The catwalk’s very own Prince of Darkness did not disappoint. Hooded figures descended the grand stone staircases at the Palais de Tokyo. Emerging from the rising mists, these glamourous, futuristic goths looked like creatures from another world. Anders Christian Madsen describes his own wonderful relationship with Rick, and what an inspiration Owens has been.

One of Rick’s quotes, spoken after his SS18 menswear show, has become a rallying cry to anyone oppressed by the norm. “In this time of hate and pain, we need a remedy. I need a freak,” said the designer. “A freak to me is something rare, sensational, inspired by the unusual.”
So whatever strain of goth you may be, whatever the aesthetic or subculture, all types of goths will find a way to gravitate toward each other, as they do in this issue. Its pages are peopled by so many beautiful Dark Princes and Princesses. Find them inspired by Siouxsie Sioux and shot by Derek Ridgers, deep in the forest, or hiding in the dappled light of the woods shielding from the sun, shot by Cedric Buchet.

The words in the issue explore the goth diaspora, with Emma Davidson penning a brilliant piece about its clubbing history and its modern influence. We hope the issue encourages you to bring out your inner goth.

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