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Victorian Goth is a style that merges the classic trends of Victorian fashion with Goth sensibilities. Not to be confused with Romantic Goth, which pulls inspiration from the Romantic era which began at the end of the 18th century and ended in the mid-1800s before the Victorian era had properly landed.

Visual

Victorian Goth imagery includes dark-coloured Victorian-era clothing with a dull/greyed background. In Victorian Goth, the fashion and clothing is the focus. Dark Victorian dresses and suits are staples of this aesthetic, along with gothic accessories/makeup. Backgrounds tend to be in nature - a contrast to the regal, delicate appearance of the people in the foreground.

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Fashion

Popular items in this style include:

  • Vests
  • Cravats
  • Polonaises
  • Elegant headwear
  • Deep, dark colours

As with many other Goth aesthetics, many pursuing the Victorian Goth appeal dye their hair black, but others choose to keep a natural color for a sort of period accuracy and lean more towards a pure Victorian style with a simple hint of Goth.

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Media

Books

  • Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)
  • The Way We Live Now (1875)

Anime, Manga, and Light Novels

  • Princess Principal (Anime)
  • Diabolik Lovers (Anime/Manga)
  • Black Butler (Anime/Manga)
  • The Mystic Archives of Dantalian (Anime/Light Novel)
  • Gosick (Anime/Light Novel)
  • The Empire of Corpses (Anime/Light Novels)
  • Danganronpa: The Animation (Specifically Celestia Ludenberg) (Anime)

Movies

  • Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)
  • Dorian Gray (2009)
  • Mr. Turner (2014)
  • The Governess (1998)

TV Shows

  • The Crimson Petal and the White (2011)
  • Dead Still (2020)
  • Desperate Romantics (2009)
  • The Way We Live Now (2001)
  • Penny Dreadful (2014-2016)

Video Games

Music

Victorian Goth music is very similar to Victorian music, but has a slower and darker melody and tone than most Victorian music. Most Gothic Victorian music was not composed during the Victorian era, instead being composed in modern times - possibly influenced by modern gothic music.

Songs

  • "Crimson and Velvet" by M Jai Dark Flower
  • "The Vampire Masquerade" by Peter Gundry
  • "Gothic Ballroom" by Brandon Fiechter, Derek Fiechter
  • "Death Waltz" by Adam Hurst
  • "Curse of the Black Opus" by Fairytale Abuse

Artists

  • Peter Gundry
  • Abel Korzeniowski
  • Celestial Aeon Project

Albums

  • The Edge of Darkness by Peter Gundry
  • Penny Dreadful Soundtrack by Abel Korzeniowski
  • Vampire Waltzes Collection | Romances by M Jai Dark Flower
  • Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (Original Game Soundtrack) by Jessica Curry

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