Just a quick heads up: This is not a post about sewing.
Even though goths of color have been an important part of the community since its creation, their presence is often underrepresented. If you have ever flipped through the pages of Gothic Beauty Magazine or browsed the online catalog of some of the most popular goth fashion brands, you would be left with the impression that the goth scene is very white. The goth ideal of an extremely pale, waif individual is still what most people associate with the word goth. It is important that the diversity in the goth scene is properly acknowledged and represented.
This is most definitely not an exhaustive list. My goal is for this post to be a living document—I will continue to research and add resources as I find them. If you know of a goth/alternative fashion brand, band or musician, publication, blog, podcast, or a social media channel or account that has not been included in this list, I would really appreciate it if you would share this information with me. I look forward to seeing this list get longer with more and more resources.
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“6 Alternative Black Women You Should Know” (Odyssey, 2016)
“7 Struggles Alternative Black People Know All Too Well” (Odyssey, 2016)
“Bianca Xunise Is A Black Goth, ‘Unapologetically Hood,’ and Changing the World with Comics” (The Establishment, 2018)
“The Day I Fell in Love with Afrogoth” (Jadisland Blog, 2020)
“Goths of Color: Representation, Agency, and Marginalization” (The Belfry Network, 2019, Podcast)
“Goth So White? Black Representation in the Post-Punk Scene” (Post-Punk.com, 2017)
“The Long History of Afrogoth, from Toni Morrison to M. Lamar” (Literary Hub, 2019)
“Meet the Black Girls of Goth” (Vox, 2017)
“Othering the Other: The Plight of the Black Goth” (Huck, 2020)
“There Is Nothing More Goth than Being Black” (Vice, 2020)
Clothing and accessories for “misfits and magical girls” that empower Black women and increase their visibility.
T-shirts and accessories for “darkling alt babies” by YouTuber Marie Munsterful.
Cruelty-free makeup for people of all colors.
T-shirts, posters, zines, and stickers for “heavy girls who love heavy music.”
London-based contemporary fashion harness brand.
Cruelty-free, vegan sunscreen created specifically for women of color.
Cruelty-free, high-quality makeup and fake eyelashes for the goth, emo, and alternative communities.
Long-lasting, high-pigmented makeup for people of all colors.
Handmade clothing, jewelry, and accessories mixing alternative grunge with modern goth.
T-shirts and buttons based on art created by FatBatDana.
High-quality handmade Lolita & J-fashion clothing with unique prints.
Handmade and size-inclusive Lolita dresses.
Hand-drawn T-shirts inspired by old-fashioned horror, classic rock music, 50s, 60s, and 70s style comic book illustration, and Surrealist art.
Creepy, chic, vegan, and cruelty-free makeup with a “deadly and luxurious aesthetic.”
Clothing and accessories for “melanated misfits.”
Inclusive, intersectional, and feminist clothing.
Handmade, one-of-a-kind garments for adults and children.
Cruelty-free, vegan “makeup for people with shit to do.”
Intimate wear for women of all colors, shapes, and sizes.
Vegan, paraben-free, non-toxic, and cruelty free nude makeup for women of all colors.
Limited edition garments, accessories, and textiles with prints influenced by symbology, folklore, history, and magic.
Sister stores. Handmade faux leather and vinyl accessories.
Goth-inspired men’s T-shirt and accessories.
Clothing for “women to feel confident, strong and comfortable in their own skin.”
LA-based alternative heavy, metal, glam, and goth clothing for women.
Gothic/alternative clothing brand.
Dark/alternative T-shirts, caps, and accessories.
Gothic-inspired jewelry, accessories, and gifts.
90s and early 00s fashion and custom-created, hand-altered pieces.
Comfortable, unique clothing for alternative people of color.
Handmade leather, spikes, horror, oddity jewelry, and accessories.
Dark jewelry, pins, and accessories.
Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul (Leila Taylor, 2019)
Social Media Accounts:
Adrian Oliva (@missblack_dahlia)
Angel Nightmare (@angelnightmarex)
Aria Macabre (@dixmacabre)
Baby Succubuz (@baby_succubuz)
Constantine Latting (@dusklordconstantine)
CyRhen Sohngs (@cyrhen)
Dolly Momoiro (@dolly_momoiro)
Dolly Vicious (@sicksadweird)
Drew Disaster (@drewdisaster)
Empire Noir (@noirhaus)
Fases da Bruxa (@fasesdabruxa)
Keke Fierce (@helloxkela)
Jamaa’l MrDarkchristian Todd (@artist_mdc)
Jasmine Amazing (@gothess.jasmine)
Joel Bernola (@1shinobi)
Lauren Anderson (@lunalucuna)
Minerva Belle (@_minerva_belle_)
MMorgue Music (@morgue_ndorffer13)
Rose Nocturnalia (@rosenocturnalia)
Roxy Vail (@itsroxyvail)
Saturn Darkling (@saturnnx_)
Vlad Von Kitsch (@vladvonkitsch)
Yasmin Benoit (@theyasminbenoit)
yOyO In Wickedland (@yoyosuicide)
Zakkarrii Edison Daniels (@thestrangegoth)