"The Bat Cave" Installation View


The Museum at FIT

The Museum at FIT

The Bat Cave uses two-way mirrors to permit lightning glimpses of a range of goth subcultural styles, from old-school goth to cyber goth.

The relationship between subcultural style and mainstream fashion is much more complicated than the stereotype of co-optation would imply. Although many academics still interpret subculture as "a form of heroic resistance to the dominant culture," this paradigm has become increasingly unconvincing. Images of "deviance" have been extensively incorporated into popular culture. What is new is that even the concept of a single dominant culture seems to have disintegrated, leaving a vast array of niche cultures, or style tribes.

Contemporary goths tend to be much "more dialectically engaged with the past than is typical of most youth subcultures." Not only do they draw inspiration from subcultural antecedents, such as punk and glam rock, they also draw on an eclectic historical canon of literary, aesthetic, and philosophical traditions; or they dig deeply into the history and associations of the gothic.

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  • Title: "The Bat Cave" Installation View
  • Date Created: 2008/2009
  • Location Created: USA
  • Type: Dress
  • Rights: Copyright The Museum at FIT
  • Medium: Photograph