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Dethereal, the name being a portmanteau of the words "death" and "etheral", 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 hope in despair feeling. Another common lighting effect consists of a heavenly soft brightness surrounding a bizarre scene, which makes it beautiful, yet still disturbing. Main motives of Dethereal are Mist, Fragility of life, Beauty, 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. Frills and transparent sleeves are a common pattern.

Music

Dethereal music is mostly sad and creates an "out of this world" feeling.

Artists

  • Within Temptation
  • Evanescence
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Xandria
  • Melanie Martinez

Media

Movies

  • Maleficent
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • Casper
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Dracula (1992)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Anime

  • Baraou no souretsu
  • Somali to mori no kamisama
  • Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage

Resources

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

Blogs

Playlists

Youtube

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