CDG - The Costume Designer

Winter 2019

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26 The Costume Designer Winter 2019 Career Achievement Honoree By Meera Manek Ruth E. Carter T wo years after the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a young Stan Lee introduced into mainstream culture the first black superhero, the Black Panther, and the mysterious fictional world of Wakanda. Located in equatorial Africa, Lee intro- duced a place unharmed and uninfluenced by invaders or colonizers, bringing to life the concepts of Afro-futurism, a philosophy of art, culture, history, and science intertwining with African culture and Diaspora and intersecting it with technology and a creative spirit. Half a century later, the world would experience Afro- futurism brought to life by Oscar ® -nominated Costume Designer extraordinaire Ruth E. Carter in Marvel's Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler. With over 30 years in film and television, Carter is the force behind the look of some of cinema's iconic, classic, and studied works of art, including Do the Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues, The Five Heartbeats, Jungle Fever, B*A*P*S, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, Malcolm X, What's Love Got to Do with It, Amistad, Sparkle, The Butler, Selma, and Marshall. She created looks for the In Living Color pilot, Eazy-E and Heavy D music videos, and worked on inde- pendently produced films that carved out new spaces in storytelling. Carter's work invigorates audiences and dazzles critics and has been recognized with a Costume Designers Guild nomination for Best Costume Design of a Period Film, Selma, two Satellite Award nominations for Best Costume Design, Amistad and Black Panther, a Primetime Emmy nomina- tion for Outstanding Period Costumes, Roots, a Critics' Choice Award for Best Costume Design, Black Panther, and three Oscar ® nominations, Malcolm X, Amistad, and Black Panther. The Costume Designers Guild is proud to recognize an incredible artist whose creative spirt shifts paradigms. With HEROES & SHEROES. DRESS CODE: The Art and Influence of Ruth E. Carter on Black Cinema Exhibit

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