We are in the midst of New York Fashion Week. And in honor of same here’s a story posted at fashion-history.lovetoknow.com about the history, theory and practice on “occult fashion.” This is not especially deep, comprehensive or revalatory, but it sums up some basic info. Here’s what it says about “Influences on Contemporary Dress”:
“In the late twentieth century, some occultists wishing to be recognized in mainstream religious and cultural arenas adopted stereotypical occult dress-black robes, pentacle jewelry, black hair, and black eyeliner. While controversial among occult communities, they visually publicized and communicated occult membership and beliefs by wearing this type of dress.
“Occult dress has also influenced subcultures. The dark-romantic Goths, some heavy metal music fans “headbangers,” and a variety of vampire subcultures utilize elements of occult dress, especially stereotypical components, such as black clothing and pentacles. Occult dress styles are more commonly worn by these subcultures as a symbol of subculture affiliation, rather than as an indicator of religious or spiritual beliefs and practices.”
The rest of the story is here: http://fashion-history.lovetoknow.com/clothing-types-styles/occult-dress
Meanwhile here’s a survey about costume designers for film, which includes some films beloved in occulture:
thanks for Soror Hypatia for both tips!