‘Black Panther’ Costumes Merge African History With Afrofuturism | NYT

‘Black Panther’ Costumes Merge African History With Afrofuturism | NYT


Costume designer Ruth E.
Carter has made her career showcasing black history
and culture onscreen. But with her latest
movie, “Black Panther,” she’s looking to an African future. In the film, the fictional
country of Wakanda is derided as a third-world
backwater by outsiders, but it’s actually a secretly
advanced, high-tech society. Although it looks futuristic,
elements of African history can be seen everywhere. Carter got inspiration from the Turkana and Maasai cultures
when designing the outfits for the Dora Milaje, a group of female warriors led
by Danai Gurira as Okoye. Carter used this African mask as the
basis for a battle costume worn by Winston Duke as M’Baku, and her designs for
Lupita Nyong’o’s character, Nakia,
are partially influenced by the Surma populations of Ethiopia. “The thing about Ruth
is that she’s very understated. She doesn’t lead with
all her experience. She just leads with
a curiosity for the thing she’s doing
right there and then.” “Ruth would bring me in and she would have,
like, a vision board of, like, different inspirations. And she would really fit— She would really fit clothes
to myself, And she would bring different
colors and different flavors
to it. And Shuri’s, like,
love and light, and it was really, like, bright, maybe all white, or maybe orange,
or anything that can really bring out her personality.” “She has everything you
want in a collaborator. She’s experienced, but, you know, she’s still
youthful and energetic, still curious and open
to trying new things. “Black Panther” broke
multiple box office records the world over
during its opening weekend, easily becoming the top-grossing
film of all time by a black director and featuring a
largely black cast. And with that, Ruth Carter’s
costumes now also have a place in the history books.

34 Replies to “‘Black Panther’ Costumes Merge African History With Afrofuturism | NYT”

  1. Im starting White-futurism.. We'll have actual real technology. BTW Black people didn't invent the wheel when white people showed up in Africa. Lol

  2. Its cultural appropriation when black people fly in aeroplanes. Because aeroplanes are a part of white mans culture 😛

  3. Racism can be any color – both white and black. It was precisely that kind of false attribution of evil to various human groups that was the essence of racism. Art must fight all forms of exclusion, racism, xenophobia and integrism.

  4. "Afrofuturism" LOL. Make up a word and pretend it's an actual thing 😂. If we judge by how things are going today Africa's future looks pretty much opposite of Wakanda 😂

  5. White people are so jealous. It's just a movie, calm down. Very soon, you'll go back to being the stars of the day.

  6. They had elements from some South African garb and music from Senegal, and pulled different renderings from the many African countries #teamafrica throughout the movie,

  7. interesting, thought the girl squad costumes were inspired by african and igorot Filipinos? no mention of it here.

  8. Some comments here are asking about 'cultural appropriation.' Cultures that exist so closely is bound to borrow from each other. However, the problem with our society is not that white people use black cultural styles etc. The problem is when no reference/recognition is given to the culture from which the style was taken, instead they act as though they came up with the idea all on their own. The other aspect of 'cultural disrespect' is when the cultural styles are negatively looked upon by society when it is done by people of the same culture, but when the same thing is used or done by an individual who is not part of the culture all of a sudden the same thing is beautiful, aceptable, good or cool. This is completely biased. At least Ms. Carter is explaining where the idea for her designs came from.

  9. Well racism isn't institutional-racism or colonialism so. That kind of thinking of false equivalence has been used to create Black quilt & stop any-kind of African-descent revolution against oppression.
    Just sayin but Blacks being "racist" isn't equal to institutional racism, colonialism or chattel-slavery (racial hierarchy).

  10. Afrofuturism is not a movement for black liberation it is a vile racist movement based off of the black panther movement which was, you guessed it, violent.
    It is disguised as equality for black peoples which we already have, but is actually anti white racism and an excuse to commit violence against white people.

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