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!