From Selma to Malcolm X, Costume Designer, Ruth Carter has been creating masterpieces for over 25 years.  This Academy Award nominee has set herself apart in a uniquely niche industry and has amazed on every set. From the big screen to the small screen, take a look at her best work yet. 

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The former ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood honoree brought the aesthetic world of Wakanda to life with African-inspired costumes.

Paula Rogo
Jun, 10, 2017

Amidst all the "Black Panther" fanfare, one name we cannot forget is Ruth Carter, the powerhouse costume designer behind the movie's looks.
 
Carter is a Hollywood veteran, having outfitted some of the culture’s most iconic films from "Malcolm X" and "BAPS" to "Five Heartbeats" and "School Daze." And now the multiple Oscar and Emmy-nominated costume designer is taking on afrofuturism fashions in the film set to debut next February.

She took to Twitter soon after the teaser trailer dropped on Friday to explain some her references in creating the iconic looks. From Kenya’s Maasai tribe to Lesotho’s Basotho people, the motherland is widely represented.
 

 “I love being a costume designer because I love telling the stories of people,” she told ESSENCE. “And that’s what costume designers are; they are storytellers.”