The art of costuming ‘Black Panther’ and other films

Written by on May 27, 2023

The name Ruth E. Carter might not immediately ring a bell, but you know her work. For three decades, the Oscar-winning and boundary-breaking costume designer has been curating the fashion world of many films integral to representation of the Black experience.

These include much of director Spike Lee’s oeuvre — movies such as “Do the Right Thing” and “Malcolm X” — as well as Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad,” Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” “Love & Basketball” and the “Black Panther” franchise. Notably, all of these projects offer diverse portrayals of different Black or African experiences across history . . .

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