Whitby Gothic


Shot in the Gothic paradise of Whitby, North Yorkshire (they have a famous twice yearly gothic weekend festival) photographer Michelle of SilverStar Photographic had long wanted to shoot here. However her initial idea didn’t become a full blown vision until she met Michelle from Victorian Gothic Clothing.

“I always imagined doing a photo shoot in Whitby, but it is nearly four hours away from where I live so never thought it would be possible”, photographer Michelle began. “Then I met (the other) Michelle. She shared my vision and instantly we became excited about the dresses which were inspired by the novel Dracula, by Bram Stoker. My vision for the shoot was to have the models pop out of the background but still being able to see significant details in the background. The whalebone arch was a gorgeous location as you could just see the Whitby Abbey in the background and really added depth to the photos.”


“The dresses were deliberately designed to be big statement pieces, with an emphasis on couture designer elements whilst still incorporating hints from the past bringing them full circa to the present”, took  over Michelle of Victorian Gothic. “I wanted to capture a glamorous, gothic vision encapsulating alternative fashions, so tattoos, piercings and brightly coloured hair were all a definite yes from me! The dresses were named after the four lairs of Dracula (there is still one to come) as mentioned in Bram Stokers novel; The Carfax Gown (blue and black), The Piccadilly Gown (black and red) and the Mile End Gown (bright red). I also created all of the millinery. The ship hat  (‘Demeter’) recalls the ship that arrives at Whitby during a storm and brings with it Dracula.”




  1. SV650

    WOW! This is an absolutley stunning couture styled shoot. I love the ‘bouquets’ they are exquisite. the girls are flawless and the dresses are darkly beautiful. The photos are posed beautifully and the last few shots in front of the sunset are so atmospheric. Love it, love all of it and Whitby is a beautiful place for a backdrop.

  2. Love that pirate ship hat! Whitby is great, and of course as the home of Dracula it is the perfect place for a gothic photo shoot. 🙂

  3. love these especially the make up around the eyes; takes me back to when I used to go to goth weekend when I was just 18 or so in my black lace and dms and dodgy eyeliner, with my equally dodgy goth boyfriend, haha.

  4. Thank you for featuring this fabulous shoot Kat. I was so lucky to work with Michelle from Victorian Gothic on creating colourful bouquets to match all of her amazing creations and have the lovely Michelle from SilverStar Photographic take such cool pictures of everything 🙂

  5. Kelly Rushton

    Absolutely fantastic. The clothing, boutiques and make up are stunning. As for the backdrop? Well, Whitby is so atmospheric for the theme. You are all so talented.

  6. These gothic images are simply wonderful to me. My husband never had the confidence to dress this way for our wedding more’s the pity and these women look stunning with just the right combination or class and style. great stuff!


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