The Gothic and the traditional vampire coat are very similar as they both fit in a similar fashion and have long sleeves.
Some of these garments have zippered fronts with a lacing on the front that is non adjustable.
Another of the styles has a double breasted appearance and can be worn with straight leg pants, a crisp white shirt and boots. Plain black gloves or gauntlets can be worn as part of the apparel.
Designs can be made with a variety of fabrics such as satin, leather, cotton and faux fur. The favorite color is almost always black, but with the portrayal of Count Alacard, the most modern of vampires, red has been added to the wardrobe.
Because of their similarity the vampire coat and the Gothic version are worn by both men and women. The women’s apparel is made to be more sexy with such things as corsets as well as long and short skirts. Men’s apparel is confined to pants, coats, shirts and shoes. Both adhere to a certain practicality.
It has been seen in movies as early as the 1920’s with the introduction of the movie Nosferantu where the featured garment was both long and black, with tight sleeves and a small fur collar. But, perhaps the most remembered was worn by our favorite Dracula played by Bella Lagosi.
The coat and its accessories have become the uniform of the modern day Gothic culture, inspired by the punk rock music era of the 70’s and 90’s. A culture that possesses an “I don’t care” attitude, wearing pierced lip rings and razor blade earrings, along with skulls, crucifixes, and a vampire coat.