“Minimalism” has been a huge buzzword as of late, and is poised to become one of the biggest trends of 2015. I have to admit, I find myself increasingly attracted to the idea of minimalism; not because of the thousands of instagram pictures of succulents (you know what I’m talking about), not because of the monochrome ensembles popping up on the runway or the streets. I’m attracted to it because I like the idea of not having as much stuff as I do now. I like the idea of not spending time and money on material things that just serve to clutter up my living space. And ultimately, I believe we all need to completely rethink our consumption habits.
I also love Gothicism.
Minimalism means clean, straight lines. It’s stripped down and simple. In the Gothic aesthetic, there have never been any straight lines– ever! The very earliest uses of the term “Gothic” were in reference to flamboyant cathedrals with dramatic arches, flying buttresses, and gargoyles. The Gothic has always been about excess and complexity – exactly the opposite of what minimalism’s about.
Is there any way the two can be reconciled? Since “Goth” has also become more of a “trend” recently, I have a feeling we may be seeing the two concepts converge more. I can’t really imagine what this will look like, since the inclusion of complex Gothic elements would pretty much make the minimalist thing, well, not minimalist anymore… but the closest thing I can think of is the “occult” look. This has also become really popular over the last several years. The look can be achieved with clean, straight lines, monochome black, simple geometric symbols– all falling under the realm of minimalism. But the look also implies mystery, secret rituals, supernaturalism, and a fascination with death– all reminiscent of the Gothic.
So what do you think? Will Mimimalist Goth/Gothic Minimalism become a thing? Is it already a thing in the form of Occult style? What about Health Goth (haha)?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!