The sexy, extravagant world of cabaret and burlesque is a natural partner for Goth; indeed, corsets, garters and black suits have been a Goth staple for many years. Hence, the birth of “Dark Cabaret” was perhaps a natural inevitability.
The look, feel and sound of Cabaret Goth is typified by the Dresden Dolls, although there are many other bands and artists who have toyed with burlesque imagery and music: Siouxsie and the Banshees, Voltaire, Sex Gang Children and the infamous Tiger Lillies, to name but a few. Even “goth” metal artist Marylin Manson has flirted with burlesque (quite literally, if we count Dita Von Teese).
Enthusiasts insist that true cabaret and burlesque must be as classy as it is sexy; a skill at which Goths excel above most others. Female Cabaret Goths beautifully combine corsets, lace and feathers with high heels, garters and tassles. The men? Well, they often resemble peculiar cross between Dracula, Charlie Chaplin and a mime: but they have a style and class that is all their own.