Ah, the never ending debate, the one you find on all internet goth forums. Which is more important to the Gothic Subculture: The music or the fashion?
Many believe the music is more important to our subculture. After all, it was music that formed it! How could fashion be more important than music in a music based subculture? Anyone can throw on a black dress and put some dark-themed makeup on, but listening to, and appreciating, Gothic music is something that mainly (although not always) Goths enjoy. It would be bizarre to suggest that fashion is more important than music in the goth subculture.
However, just as many argue that the fashion is much more important. Anybody can compile a playlist of a few of The Cure's songs, but putting the work into beautiful clothing takes true devotion to your subculture.
(Sorry for the rather bad arguments for both sides, I'm very tired today :) )
So What do I Think?
I believe that the music is more important than the fashion. After all, although the mainstream dabbles in (a very toned down version of) gothic fashion, I believe I am correct in the assumption that no-one has ever heard Emilie Autumn's 'I Know Where You Sleep' playing on Capital Radio.
But what do you think?