Holywood in Darkness: Top 10 Times Celebrities Embraced Goth Style (And Everyone Loved It!)

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Hollywood's allure often revolves around glitz, glamour, and trends that captivate millions worldwide. However, in a departure from the conventional, there have been instances when celebrities dived into the enigmatic realm of goth style, showcasing a darker, edgier aesthetic to mesmerize audiences. Goth style is my personal favorite of them all! In today's post, we are going to take a look at the top 10 times celebrities embraced the goth style, celebrating their bold departures and the moments that left an indelible mark on pop culture.

Angelina Jolie at the 72nd Academy Awards, 2000

#1. Angelina Jolie | 72nd Academy Awards, 2000


Angelina Jolie made an unforgettable statement at the 72nd Academy Awards in 2000. She attended the event in a gothic-inspired attire, setting a trend that resonated throughout the fashion world. Jolie's bold choice of a floor-length, form-fitting black dress paired with darkly accented accessories captivated audiences and cemented her reputation as a fashion icon unafraid to venture into the realms of gothic elegance on one of Hollywood's most prestigious red carpets

Jenna Ortega at the Saint Laurent Menswear Fall 2023 Show

#2. Jenna Ortega | Saint Laurent Menswear Fall 2023 Show


If someone was ever born to deliver the allure of dark feminine energy to all of us, it was she! Our favorite star of the TV show Wednesday Addams, Jenna Ortega wore an open-back and floor-length dress to the Saint Laurent Menswear Fall show. The most appealing part of the gown was the assassin's hood, and she wore it all the time.


Hunter Schafer at the ELLE's 26th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration, 2019

#3. Hunter Schafer |  ELLE's 26th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration, 2019


Known for her bold fashion choices, Schafer arrived at the event in a breathtaking ensemble that merged gothic elements with avant-garde fashion. Pairing corporate-goth vibes with rosy eyes and naked lips? Sounds like a wonderful idea! I especially adore the soft-lavender, almost rose-gold color of the hair. 

Billie Eilish at the Met Gala, 2023

#4. Billie Eilish | Met Gala, 2023


Billie Eilish's meteoric rise in the music industry has been accompanied by her unapologetic embrace of goth aesthetics. Her trademark baggy attire, dark color palette, and hauntingly poetic lyrics have resonated with a generation, redefining contemporary pop culture's perception of goth fashion. But, in the past few years, she switched her baggy attire to romantic black dresses and old Hollywood styles. And we love it!

Taylor Swift  Nightclubbing, 2016

#5. Taylor Swift | Nightclubbing, 2016


Taylor Swift's choice of a lace jumpsuit by Haney was a departure from her usual style and a captivating embrace of gothic-inspired fashion. The intricate lace detailing, paired with Swift's signature elegance and bloody-red lipstick, demonstrates how pop artists can effortlessly incorporate elements of goth style into their day-to-day appearances.

Rachel Zegler at the ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’ Premiere, 2023

#6. Rachel Zegler | ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’ Premiere, 2023


Rachel wore a beautiful Dior Spring 2024 gown for London's premiere of  ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’, and she looked simply stunning! Her all-black look was accomplished with a pair of eye-catching crystal earrings, a classic smokey eye look, and nude lips. Her hair Rachel let loose, neatly tucking a part of her fringe up in a Y2K style.

Emily Ratajkowski at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival, 2017

#7.  Emily Ratajkowski | 70th annual Cannes Film Festival, 2017


American model and actress Emily Ratajkowski stunned audiences with a mesmerizing lace gown combined with a lace jumpsuit. Her friend Peter Dundas custom-made it especially for this occasion! This combo elegantly merges sensuality with the mystique of goth fashion. Ratajkowski's appearance showcased a departure from the traditional Cannes red carpet attire, offering a refreshing take on sophistication fused with a darker, more enigmatic edge. Her lips were stained in a vintage-red shade, while her eyes were lined with a classic black fleek.

Winona Ryder at the 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards, 2020

#8. Winona Ryder | 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards, 2020


Winona Ryder's appearance at the 2020 SAG Awards was another iconic moment of goth-inspired fashion. She stepped onto the red carpet in a striking black gown, exuding a captivating blend of elegance and gothic allure. Ryder's totally black outfit at the Screen Actors Guild Awards reinforced her status as a fashion maven embracing the darker aesthetic, leaving a lasting impression and adding to the tapestry of Hollywood's foray into goth style.

Kendall Jenner at the Dead Dinner, 2016

#9. Kendall Jenner | Dead Dinner, 2016


For the 2016 Dead Dinner (aka Halloween Party) Kendall went full cybergoth with a sleek vinyl dress, space buns, and fishnets. Of course, the sky-tall platform boots add to this gorgeous ensemble. I love how the look is both simplistic and at the same time over the top.

Emma D’Arcy at the Golden Globes, 2023

#10. Emma D’Arcy | Golden Globes, 2023


And the final look for today was rocked by fantastic Emma D’Arcy for her Golden Globes premiere. Emma looked astonishing in an oversized black blazer and a pair of straight-leg trousers. Her Paris Texas stiletto boots featured a coat of glistening studs. Emma stated, “I was going for a ‘child prodigy at the big piano recital’ sort of look.”

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From the Met Gala's extravagant themes to the individualistic expressions of iconic celebrities, the allure of goth style has woven its way through Hollywood's tapestry. These moments showcase not just a departure from conventional fashion but also a celebration of individuality, artistry, and the willingness to embrace the darker, enigmatic side of style. Whether through music, film, or fashion, these instances have left an indelible mark on pop culture, influencing trends and captivating audiences worldwide.
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