|Photograph by SoulStealer on Flickr|
Did you know that stripes were thought to represent the devil in the Medieval ages? Artcritical in it’s review of The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes states that “The stripe was full of pejorative associations, and signified a doubler, an insincere person.
In feudal times, anyone not to be trusted – village idiots,
prostitutes, disloyal knights, tricksters, jugglers and clowns – might
be dressed or depicted in stripes.” Which is why in most pirate, Neo-Victorian and other such periods represented in film prostitutes or characters of a more open sensuality often wear red and black striped stockings – often with garters.
In the end, it makes sense that we’ve appropriated stripes as something that most Goth’s enjoy! If not just as a hint to fairies and witches but as a politic statement. This statement goes strong with other originally politic messages of heavy make-up, the stigma of black clothing, under-wear as outerwear and bondage themes found throughout Goth fashion.
Besides that we just like our stripes.