Celebrating Black Designers: Ruth E. Carter

Here’s another awesome African-American costume designer. I’d always wondered who designed the beautiful 40’s costumes in the film Malcolm X, and I was thrilled to find out that it was Ruth E. Carter. Carter has done a lot of work over the years include 2 other Spike Lee films (Do the Right Thing, School Daze), B.A.P.S., Love & Basketball, and Four Brothers. She also costumed the Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got To Do with It. I read that she worked closely with Turner to get the performance costumes and wigs perfect. Carter was also nominated for an Oscar in 1998 for Amistad.

I love many of these films and it’s awesome that the costumer designer is a Woman of Color!


About missheree

Greetings! I am Sheree, a fashion and costume designer from Miami, FL and Minneapolis, MN respectively. While fabric is my personal medium of choice, I find inspiration is all areas of art and this blog is a representation of that. From fashion to illustration to graphic design to architecture, Sparkleshock is here to do just that - add sparkle to your mind and shock your senses.

Posted on February 8, 2010, in Inspiration of the Day and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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