by Ruth E. Carter
Movie lovers will rejoice over this new book by Ruth E. Carter, a living legend of costume design. For three decades, she has shaped the story of the Black experience on-screen - from the ’80s streetwear of “Do the Right Thing” to the royal regalia of “Coming 2 America.” Her work on Marvel's Black Panther films not only brought Afrofuturism to the mainstream, but also made her the first Black winner of an Oscar in costume design and the first Black woman to win two Academy Awards in any category. In this heavily illustrated book, Carter shares her origins. 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.
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