At the turn of the 20th century, the vamp was the height of modernity. Plus ça change. In the 21st century it’s still all Vamp, although this time it has a little more bite.
For several seasons, the catwalks of New York, Paris, London and Milan have featured stark demonesses and dark historical references. Rick Owens strapped his power sex goddesses in fur. Marc Jacobs sent dark flappers down the runway. At Chanel it was shredded Goth Victoriana. And Sarah Burton is carrying the McQueen torch for Elizabethan fetish-wear.
You may not want to be a she-creature — at least not in the light of day — but admit it: the Goth looks that are stalking the runway could “glamour” even the strongest soul.