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BLACK PANTHER’s Costume Designer Ruth Carter on Inspirations, Ava DuVernay, and More

Even if you kept yourself blissfully ignorant to any spoilers heading into Black Panther, you know one thing to be true: its costumes and design look incredible. And at the heart of creating a world we’ve never seen was Ruth Carter, the two-time Oscar nominated costume designer, whose vision celebrates the history of Africa in Wakanda’s sartorial vibes. From Do The Right Thing to Malcolm X to Serenity and Amistad and Selma and so (so) much more, Ruth has dressed some of the most iconic moments in television and cinema.

Needless to say, we wholly lost our minds to get the chance to talk to her.

So Fangirling asked our one-woman Dora Milaje, Nerdist News writer and Shield of Tomorrow star Aliza Pearl, to chat with Ruth about her incredible career, inspiration points for the incredible Panther duds, and, of course, what it was like to work with Ava DuVernay (because fangirls gotta fangirl, amirite?).

Like what you saw there? Interested in more discussions with, by, and about women, where everyone—yes everyone (and yes, even you!)—is invited to nerd out about science and culture, talk about what matters, learn new things, nerd out over history, meet awesome ladies, and feel all your myriad feelings from a decidedly different point of view? Well let me go out on a limb and say that Fangirling is for you! And this season, we’ve got a heaping helping of everything you could want, every Wednesday on Alpha.

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Alicia Lutes is the Managing Editor, creator/host of Fangirling, and resident Khaleesi of House Nerdist. Find her on Twitter!

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