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The “goth” epithet tends to elicits an eye roll, followed by snarky references to the Cure’s Robert Smith or moody teen mall haven Hot Topic. But Valerie Steele is here to debunk a few myths. Steele, director of the Museum at FIT and curator of Gothic: Dark Glamour, opening today, led us on a tour of the exhibit, which features over 75 ensembles from the likes of Olivier Theyskens, Rodarte (pictured), Alexander McQueen, and of course, admitted former goth Rick Owens. “Most fashion designers are not inspired by goth street style so much as they are inspired by the origins—Victoriana and horror movies and, to some extent, the music,” Steele explained. Fitting then, that the exhibition is set mise-en-scène-style, its pieces housed variously in iconic gothic settings: labyrinth, “ruined” castle, laboratory, and, our personal favorite, madhouse. While Coco Chanel once declared that “fashion must die and die quickly, in order that it can begin to live,” Steele has her own take: “Like the vampire, fashion is undead.”