Hampton University Alumni Costume Vision Helps ‘Black Panther’” to break records
By: Nicole Little Bradley
“Black Panther” broke all types of records over President’s Day weekend, and an alumna from my alma mater has had a lot to do with it.
Two-Time Award and Emmy nominated costume designer Ruth Carter graduated from Hampton University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts in 1982. She is the first African American costume designer to be nominated for an Academy Award (for Spike Lee’s 1993 film ‘Malcolm X’ and Steven Spielberg’s ‘Amistad’ in 1998).
“Black Panther” didn’t just receive praise for its writing and visual effects; it was highly praised for its futuristic take on African fashion.
I mean movie goers came out to impress wearing African inspired attire to screenings all over the country. The excitement behind the costumes was almost just as exciting as what the actual movie represented. I believe this was due to Carter’s vision.
“Wakanda is this vast, unknown world and, ultimately, the challenge of the unknown is what appealed to me on so many levels,” she said. Beyond what has been established in the comic realm, I knew very little about it, but as I began my research, I realized we could create, from a place of fantasy, a place of African culture and a place of imagination.”
“What A great moment for Hampton University, to see a Hampton University alumna in such a key role within a landmark movie,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey. “Words cannot capture my pride at seeing a talented alumna positively displayed for the world to see!”
Great job Ruth Carter! Once again Hampton University shines in a moment of success!! Go watch the movie if you haven’t done so already!