In my mind there could be no better model for a powerful woman of the nineteen-eighties than Siouxsie Sioux. Siouxsie, the public persona, is what Gosha aspires to be, visually, creatively, and emotionally. No right-minded sorcerer, vampire, or werewolf would want to be caught down a back alley with Siouxsie Sioux. If Gosha had an altar, there would be a picture of Siouxsie on it.

The gallery below includes some other inspirations, such as the singer, Adam Ant, oxblood lipstick, winklepicker boots, and the fashion of Vivienne Westwood.

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