Costume Designer Ruth Carter discusses her inspiration of designing the wardrobe for the highly anticipated ‘Black Panther’ film:
“Winnie Mandela’s colorful style, high fashion designer Issey Miyake and African artifacts — from actual Maasai, Tuareg and Ndebele dress — informed the garb that took “an army” to create.
Ruth Carter has created costumes for some epic films, Amistad, Malcolm X and Selma among them, but nothing prepared her for the size and scope of Black Panther. For the super-stylish superhero film opening Feb. 16, she imagined a new African diaspora with 700 costumes fusing futurism, indigenous dress and high fashion, using research that spanned from the Rose Bowl Flea Market to textile dealers in Accra, Ghana.”
Originally published: 1/15/2018