LA book release party for SOME WEAR LEATHER, SOME WEAR LACE: The Worldwide Compendium of Postpunk and Goth in the 1980s
PRESENTATION BY AUTHOR ANDI HARRIMAN
“A Desire for Dramaticism: Semiotics in the 1980s Subculture”
Through art and fashion, certain cues were constructed and designed to communicate the goth subculture to the public eye based on visuals alone. These cues, or semiotics, were essential factors in the 1980s goth community — a bricolage of dark elements that created powerful symbols and indicators of the movement. Goth’s steadfast dedication to macabre and gloomy aesthetics proved to be a profound devotion of its members, reflecting in their makeup, clothing, accessories, and artwork such as album covers or flyers. This discussion will be a visual journey through the beginnings of goth up to the early 1990s, a dramatic assemblage of the beautiful and the grotesque.