Ruth E. Carter: an ‘Afro’ history of cinema

Afrofuturism in costume design” is an exhibition dedicated to Ruth E. Carter, a long-time collaborator of the director Spike Lee. Her forty-year career is retraced through 60 of her most beautiful costumes along with dozens of studies and sketches. The centre of the exhibition are her creations for the Marvel film “Black Panther” (2018), which earned her an Academy Award for Best Costume Design after her previous nominations for “Malcolm X” (1992) and “Amistad” (1997). Carter was the first black woman to receive this award.

The artist defined Afrofuturism as a marriage between technology and imagination, a “philosophy that allows black Americans, Africans and Indigenous Peoples to believe and create free from slavery and colonialism”.

The exhibition is on display at SCAD FASH – Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta, USA until September 12, 2021.

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