How do you define goth style?
“The goths generally love mythology, the mysterious, the supernatural, culture, art, music, literature, film, fashion, philosophy, traditions, romanticism, and nature. Goths are lovers of nature and are fascinated by its diversity and complexity. Goths are generally against violence and hate and are for freedom of speech and religion. Goth music spans all music genres and is usually a darker version of those genres. There isn’t a colour code for goth fashion, and goths don’t always wear black – goth style could be anything mixed with darkness.”
Do you consider yourself a goth?
“Yes, I see myself as a goth. To be a goth is to be part of a culture that is essentially counter-culture – meaning every goth is a unique individual. As a theatre kid, I enjoy making people laugh while participating in comedy improvisations. One of my favourite musical theatre plays has got to be Beetlejuice. I especially enjoy the songs ‘Dead Mom’ and ‘Home’ from that musical.
Dark things inspire me and make me feel happy, but that doesn’t mean goths are evil. It just means we have a different perspective than others. It also doesn’t mean goths are unkind, violent, or lacking in humour; quite the opposite is true. I decided to go vegan in April 2019 immediately once I learned about the practice of animal cruelty in the animal agriculture industry, and I have been vegan ever since. It also means negating the purchase of clothes made from animals and other live products. Goths are lovers of nature and are fascinated by its diversity and complexity. Fungi, deep sea creatures, and insects stir my heart.
As a goth, I love to express myself through fashion, acting and performance, drawing, and sketching my ideas. Being goth to me is a symbol of strength and willpower to stand tall amid hell. Therefore, I feel a lot of empathy and compassion for anyone going through painful experiences.”
Do you dress in goth style 24/7?
“Yes, although the look may vary depending on the occasion, the style I dress in is essentially gothic. Most things I own have a black-and-white touch – from wall colours to my bedsheets. At the same time, my fashion style could also be interpreted as earthy and experimental. My style will constantly change and evolve, but it will remain gothic. I also intend to incorporate my Chinese Peranakan ancestry into my dressing to express my identity further.”
How do you interpret goth culture through your own style?
“My Chinese zodiac animal is the metal snake. Inspired by metal snakes, I like to mimic the geometric pattern of the snake’s skin in my clothing, which forms the image of holes to me. I love to personalize my looks by cutting holes in my sleeves. Holes are circular – circles remind me of natural organisms such as atoms, cells, the earth, the moon, etc. Hence, I occasionally ponder about the size of our universe, how small we are, and how the universe seems infinite.
Black is a staple in all my outfit curations. To me, it symbolises infinity, pain, and the unknown. I’m also strongly influenced by the colours of nature, such as green, blue and brown. I love to add green to represent my love for greenery in my heart. The colour blue represents water in nature. Brown represents the earth, the wood, and the fungi in nature. My must-have fashion list includes elevated platforms, a set of hand and leg warmers, elf ears, and a bandana to complete the look.”