The goth subculture ( I am pretty sure the term gothism is the wrong grammatical usage of the word syntax, but blah bah blah, onward) or the gothic culture is a contemporary subculture found in numerous countries. The goth subculture has associated tastes in music, aesthetics, and fashion. It essentially is considered to have first become and influence of note in England during the early 1980s in the gothic rock scene, an more importantly it was a splinter offshoot of the post-punk genre and the late new wave scene, both being essentially punk.
The goth subculture has survived much longer than others of the same era. The music of the goth subculture encompasses a number of different styles including but not limited to some emo bands, gothic rock, deathrock, post-punk, darkwave, Ethereal, electronica, shoe gaze, gabber, ska and neoclassical. Styles of dress range from deathrock, punk and Victorian style, dark attire, makeup and hair.
Designers, such as John Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, are said to create clothing and styles that are "Haute Goth", but Gothic fashion is often confused with Heavy Metal fashion, Biker fashion, and Emo fashion. Many people mistake fans of heavy metal for goth, particularly those who wear black trench coats or wear "corpse paint". This face painting is actually more associated with the black metal ir trip hop
Gothic in reference to music was by protopunk band Joy Division producer, Tony Wilson on 15 September 1979 in an interview for the BBC TV. Wilson called Joy Division "Gothic" compared to the pop radio. The band the Misfits were a heavy influence on what is sterotypically called goth fashion. The bands of the early Gothic rock genre included Bauhaus, The Damned, The Cure, Adam and the Ants...many of these from the new wave end of punk.
The evolution were more modern and currently touring bands like the Virgin Prunes, Christian Death and Killing Joke.
Its imagery draws heavily on the tonal artisitic sytles from the 19th century Gothic literature, art noveau painting, ink work and woodcut art, but more importantly the earliest photography and film experiements which happened during this same time period. The majority of gothic art and albums use some form of black and white contrast,Gothic literature from Byron, Shelly, Bram Stoker, Emily Dickenson, Emily Bronte, evolved a pop culture affility for dark romantic metaphor, along with horror films and to a lesser extent the BDSM culture.