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.