The Goth look emerged from a combination of punk, fetish and the '80s obsession with dressing up. Fashion students and young designers brought their experiences of London's night life and a dark sensibility to a dramatic new style. Stephen Linard said, 'At the time I was living in a big Victorian squat, surrounded by candlesticks and religious paraphernalia. I got given a big black coat, and the whole look revolved around that'.
Black taffeta, lace and leather were combined with deathly make-up, dyed black, backcombed hair and macabre references to the occult. At clubs such as Hell, which backed on to a graveyard, and the Batcave, the Goth look was taken to the extreme.
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