Ruth E. Carter is a living legend of costume design. For three decades, she has shaped the story of the Black experience on screen - from the eighties streetwear of DO THE RIGHT THING to the royal regalia of COMING 2 AMERICA.
Her work on Marvel’s BLACK PANTHER not only brought Afrofuturism to the mainstream, but also made her the first Black winner of an Oscar in costume design. In 2021, she became the second-ever costume designer to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In this definitive book, Carter shares her origins - recalling a trip to the sporting goods store with Spike Lee to outfit the SCHOOL DAZE cast and a transformative moment stepping inside history on the set of Steven Spielberg’s AMISTAD.
She recounts anecdotes from dressing the greats: Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Chadwick Boseman, and many more. She describes the passion for history that inspired her period pieces - from MALCOLM X to WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT - and her journey into Afrofuturism.
Carter’s wisdom and stories are paired with deluxe visuals, including sketches, mood boards, and film stills. Stunning photography by Awol Erizku reveals the beautiful details of Carter’s most iconic creations. Fans will even get a glimpse behind the scenes of the highly anticipated BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER.
At its core, Carter’s oeuvre celebrates Black heroes and sheroes, whether civil rights leaders or Wakandan warriors. She has brought the past to life and helped us imagine a brighter future. This book is sure to inspire the next generation of artists and storytellers.