I’ve often wondered about the afterlife. Is it like a ‘The Good Place’ situation, wherein all of our actions are being monitored and scored, and we get an afterlife based on our rating? Is the concept of rebirth real? Do we really have to go through all of this again? Is the classical notion of heaven and hell true? A lot of people believe in and resonate with that concept. They use it as a model or guideline to live life.
“Will this action condemn me to eternal damnation? If it would, then I won’t do it. Or I will, if it brings me enough temporary satisfaction to make me forget the prospect of eternal damnation.”
The Devil is a personification of evil and hostility. Of destruction. In numerous cultures and beliefs, He is usually depicted using red– the colour of anger.
The Devil has many forms. The serpent that tempted Adam and Eve in Eden (The Old Testament). The fallen angel (The Bible, Book of Isaiah). The beast. The winged devil (Dante’s Inferno). A creature with horns. A creature with hooves. A child (The Omen).
What if the Devil exists inside us? What if mental health is, in fact, a farce, and depression and anxiety and all the other stuff are just the Devil using our brains as its playground?
What if there is no afterlife? What if this is the afterlife, the eternal damnation all of us are sentenced to. Destruction all around, and within us. Constant mental torture and existential dread.
Life is temporary. Nothing lasts forever. People, places, experiences. Everything has an expiry date. Maybe the Devil is in this transience of life. Maybe the Devil is the concept that we can enjoy the small things in life, but they stay small, and vanish the moment you start looking for them. Maybe the Devil is the fact that not everything is reciprocated. Sometimes you love something that just won’t love you back. A lot of times, nice people aren’t treated nicely. Maybe the Devil depends on how you treat people.
The Devil is in everything.
The Devil is everything.
Satanism has been closely interlinked with fashion throughout the ages, from the 1983 ghost Vogue cover to Cara Delevingne repping Prada in 2019. Across time, satanic fashion has included spooky elements, directly like devil horns or more subtly like platform footwear for navigating the so-called “rivers of blood”.
One could call satanism in fashion the representation of evil/doom or in some cases, escape from it. Especially with respect to the latter, when you think about it, a lot of people turn to satanism when faced with chaos and uncertainty. This also reflects in people’s fashion choices as and when they find some solace in the way they dress, moreso if they dress a little ghoulishly.
Recently, with the increased questioning and possible collapse of traditional belief systems, more and more youngsters are finding themselves in Satanism. If you want to incorporate more demonic elements into your wardrobe, try one of these wicked pieces (geddit?). Leather Jackets are a closet staple and there’s the added vibe of sacrifice going along with them. Or... if you’re feeling particularly fancy, try getting your hands on the latest instagram trend, a corset. A graphic vamp tee and platform boots can go a long way. At the end of the day, there’s plenty to fear out there, but your fashion choices shouldn’t be.
An upside-down cross, boats, and roosters. What do these random things have in common? St. Peter, an ordinary fisherman, turned into Jesus' apostle and eventually a saint. He was one of the first leaders of the Church and the longest-reigning Pope. But we're not here to talk just about St. Peter; we're going to be discussing the various symbols of Satanism and how they correlate with fashion.
Satanic fashion is a pure expression of satanic art; it is about the bizarre, the obscure, and the hidden. Satanism is essentially a metaphorical concept; it's mostly about personal independence. Satanic art tries to talk about various issues; it expresses protest through art.
Satanic art is incredibly varied and talks about issues like the imbalance of power in modern society. Now how does all this relate to fashion? Expression through fashion has always been a common point in the industry. Since the goal is the same, why not combine the two. Satanically inspired fashion is not new; ghoulishness has come and gone over the years. Givenchy, who has previously released horned devil headpieces, provided the most literal doom interpretations.
At Givenchy, Matthew Williams turns an archive cat-hat into a devilish topper Photo: Courtesy of Givenchy
Apart from the runway, satanically inspired magazine covers were also widespread in the 1900s, with a few Vogue magazine covers depicting these stories.
Vogue's April 7, 1904 issue cover
A standout is definitely the spring 2021 collection, where the fashion industry was practically obsessed with the apocalyptic theme. The peak of this is a hoodie with the words "Hail Satan" stitched on it. What does all this mean? It goes to show how deep Satanism is present in our modern culture and how deeply it has and will continue to influence the world of fashion.