Please note that this page exists for the purposes of documentation, not promotion. Due to the role the Nazi Party played in history and the subsequent sensitive and offensive nature of this aesthetic, it is not recommended that you adopt it for yourself, but if you do, be prepared to be openly mocked and ridiculed. Aesthetics Wiki does not endorse Nazi ideology - but it is important to acknowledge its impact on modern culture.
Fashwave (a portmanteau of the terms "fascism" and "wave") is a derivative aesthetic of Synthwave or Vaporwave that is associated with alt-right/far-right beliefs like upholding tradition, maintaining racial purity, Anti-Semitism, ultranationalism, and a rejection of post-modernist thought (which a lot of the modern aesthetics on this Wiki are actually examples of). It's not unusual for people from the Fashwave scene to try and assimilate into the more "mainstream" Synthwave or Vaporwave scenes, but they are often sniffed out pretty quickly and given the boot because nobody wants to associate with actual Neo-Nazis.
Fashwave is just an extension of the alt-right, an amalgamation of various far-right groups such as Neo-Nazis, Neo-Confederates, skinheads (nothing to do with the Skinheads aesthetic), white nationalists, white supremacists, and other like-minded individuals in an attempt to establish a wholly white ethnostate by any means necessary (though they'll never admit it). For more information on how the alt-right operate, please check out the video in the gallery below entitled "The Alt-Right Playbook: How to Radicalize a Normie"; it's a long video, but it can really show how they're able to recruit otherwise-normal people and highlights why they decided to create Fashwave (as well as infiltrate the Cottagecore community). You will notice a lot of nods to "recruitment" mentioned throughout this page, and that's not by accident; Fashwave is an attempt at a recruitment tool.
Fashwave "art" is, much like its music, a derivative version of Synthwave and Vaporwave although it tends to take more cues from Vaporwave in this instance, combining the aesthetics often associated with the two with symbols often associated with white nationalism, white supremacy, and fascism (it should be noted a lot of these "artists" don't exactly have very creative names, like CYBERNAZI and 8841, which is just 1488 backwards). What can make Fashwave more intricate, however, is the fact it can be claimed to be done "ironically", taking cues from the ambiguity often associated with Vaporwave but make no mistake about it; they're very serious about it. When people don't buy the "irony" argument, they try to hide it by using more subtle imagery that people may not necessarily know are Neo-Nazi symbols (such as the Schwarze Sonne, which you can see in some of the images featured on this page, including the Infobox image on the right).
The reason art is put into quotation marks is because, for all intents and purposes, Fashwave is propaganda and propaganda, by design, is not art. It is not an expression of an aspect of the creator's soul (which is why Lovecraft, a known racist himself, could have his cosmic horror contribution considered art because his Eldritch creations were inspired directly by his bigotry and xenophobia at the time), but is designed solely to push an agenda (something, hilariously, a lot of alt-right types accuse others of doing when they try to include representation for POC and the LGBTQ+ community).
LOL, Nazis having fashion. That's a good one.
To be fair, though the original Nazis had ties to Hugo Boss and Coco Chanel, so the original Nazis did have style and flair... but the modern equivalent absolutely have no style and flair whatsoever and general share a lot of fashion cues with your average Incel. In fact, there's a lot that the Fashwave crowd have in common with your average incel, considering they recruit from that particular pool quite frequently for their causes, because who are easier to recruit into a hate-filled cause than lonely, isolated people who are miserable and just want to belong to something
Fashwave music, at first hearing, may not sound any different compared to normal Synthwave music. However, one will be able to pick out subtle differences between the two, which can range from simple marching sounds to speeches by well-known fascists, white nationalists/supremacists, and other far-right individuals. Another key difference between the two is there isn't really any sense of experimentation in Fashwave music (leading to a lot of accusations of it sounding low effort and lazily produced; almost like the music is an afterthought). Its rival, Laborwave, however, is equally guilty of sounding lazy, low-effort, and created like the music was an afterthought.
Fashwave has been compared to the Oi! movement of the early '80s, which was a far-right, neo-Nazi derivative of punk music, and to "Viking metal" in the '90s, both of which fell out of style very quickly. It came about after Richard Spencer had attempted to label 80's group Depeche Mode as "the soundtrack of victory for the alt-right", to which the members of Depeche Mode, in no uncertain words, told him to fuck off and not appropriate their music for his hateful cause, to which he moved on to trying to co-opt the Synthwave music (which was gaining traction at the time), but after several prominent members of the Synthwave community publicly disavowed the alt-right attempting to co-opt their music (most famous among them being Robert Parker in a write-up done by The Guardian), they opted instead to create Fashwave, which could be partially why many people accuse Fashwave of sounding incredibly lazy, since it's not designed for the art of it, but is rather an attempt to co-opt a pre-existing movement and maybe recruit from there.
A smaller subsect of Fashwave, called Trumpwave, as the name implies, focuses on Donald J. Trump. It has the same aesthetics as Fashwave , but with just Trump (which does tend to mesh in better with the 80's-inspired aesthetics than the fascist imagery often used, since Trump's rise to fame was in the 80's and, in many ways, one could say he was the definitive symbol of 80's excess).