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Dethereal, the name being a portmanteau of the words "death" and "ethereal", is a dark aesthetic revolving around the feeling of melancholy and resignation linked to unnatural delicate beauty.

Visual[]

Dethereal aesthetic mostly consists of muted colours, especially black, gray and old white. Although dark green and old rose are common too.

The main key element is a heavenly light and dark surroundings. This contrast creates a melancholic, but calm feeling, which is typical for Dethereal aesthetic. The light element usually comes in sun rays entering a dark surrounding. Thus the scene creates a feeling of hope in despair. Another common lighting effect consists of a heavenly soft brightness surrounding a bizarre scene, which makes it beautiful, yet still disturbing. Main motifs of Dethereal are mist, fragility of life, beauty, beauty in death, and despair.

Locations[]

Dethereal locations are mostly dim places giving out a calm atmosphere.

  • Dark forests
  • Graveyards
  • Ponds and lily ponds
  • Mazes
  • Underwater

Fashion[]

Dethereal fashion consists mainly of elegant clothing. Flowy fabrics, frills, and transparent sleeves are common patterns. Certain fashions draw parallels to the Victorian Goth clothing style, but have more light colors usually, to convey the ethereal side of it.

Music[]

Dethereal music is mostly sad, yet dark, and often creates an "out of this world" feeling.

Artists[]

  • Within Temptation
  • Evanescence
  • Lacuna Coil
  • Nightwish
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Xandria
  • Ethel Cain
  • Dead Can Dance

Albums[]

  • PORTALS by Melanie Martinez

Songs[]

  • “DEATH” by Melanie Martinez
  • “VOID” by Melanie Martinez
  • “TUNNEL VISION” by Melanie Martinez
  • “THE CONTORTIONIST” by Melanie Martinez
  • "Girls" by NATURE
  • "Quagmire" by Satin Puppets

Media[]

Movies[]

  • Maleficent (2014)
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)
  • Casper (1995)
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999)
  • Dracula (1992)
  • Alice in Wonderland (2010)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 and 2

Books[]

  • The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson

Anime[]

  • Baraou no Souretsu
  • Somali to Mori no Kamisama
  • Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage

Manga[]

  • DRCL Midnight Children

Resources[]

External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.

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