Just to make it clear where I'm coming from with my opinions, I'm a 28-year-old goth from the second largest city in Finland, also known as the goth capital. I've lived in large cities all my life and thus had access to the latest clothing trends and have been able to look different from the masses without it being a big deal. I come from a family where kids had some money to spend, so financially I have been able to travel, go to events and buy clothing.
In my home city, the cybergoth style is not very popular. I'd say it has been like this the whole time I've been going to goth events, and that's over ten years. There have been fashions, cyber is one of them, but it only shows in events where people from outside Tampere come. These events are generally bigger and people dress up more, so it might be that the goth rocker look could be many goths' "normal look" and the cyber gear for special occasions. I think it would be super boring if goths would have looked exactly the same from the 80's onwards, where would the creativity and uniqueness be in that?
Every subculture has its fashions. I'd say that in goth, steampunk and trad goth are the hottest trends, the 80's look is not close to extinction! Some of the people in Banshee's older photos are still a part of the culture and go to clubs. I suspect they might not have the same actual clothes, but their style is similar and they still like going to goth events. If I'd have a picture I'd show you the two young goth guys I met last weekend with the perfect backcombed 80's hairdos!
The main thing is that I don't feel that creativity has vanished! I personally can name at least five seamstresses who actively make their own clothes, I myself sew with no training, and I'd say it would be hard to find someone from the scene who does NOT do any crafts producing gothy stuff. Creativity is part of being goth, and since gothic style is very visual and people drawn to it are usually aesthetically oriented, some creativity is used to create visually pleasing things and some to create music.
I like creativity, but I still appreciate fancy Lip Service dresses or other ready made stuff, it's not inferior! If there's a look you want to have, you use what's available to make it happen. What you choose simply depends on the time, money and skill you have available. How unique a look is does not depend on the style, a cybergoth can be just as unique as an 80's goth. I personally don't feel even that the uniqueness would be an important value. Everyone should wear what they can and want. I like looking at the crowd at goth events, because the clothing is everyone's way of expressing themselves. At Wave Gotik Treffen I can marvel at huge black princess gowns, silver cyber catsuits with gas masks or traditional deathrock attire, they are all pretty! And everyone especially chose that clothing to wear for a special occasion. It makes me feel one with the crowd. No matter how different everyone looks, something brings us all together to the same event. We all listen to some of the same bands and like some of the same visual elements of goth culture.
Subcultures are great. They allow people to express themselves more freely and give the feeling of belonging. Goths have the music to tie us all together. Finland is a small country and it's not financially possible to have separate events for every different subcategory of goths, and I feel that's a good thing. We all party together, the cybergoths with their lox, post punk goths with huge backcombed mohawks, fetish style goths with pvc gowns and people wearing black jeans and band t-shirts. And we all have fun!
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search for Wave Gotik Treffen. So many styles!
To make my point with the Finnish scene, here's a link to an album with pictures from Lumous 2006. Cyber goths, backcombed mohawks and people with simple band shirts and jeans all enjoying the festical together!