The Art of Ruth E. Carter: Costuming Black History and the Afrofuture, from Do the Right Thing to Black Panther

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Chronicle Books
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8.2 X 11.2 X 0.8 inches | 2.1 pounds

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About the Author

Ruth E. Carter is one of the most renowned and celebrated costume designers working today. In addition to her wins for Black Panther and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, she's been nominated for two other Oscars and an Emmy. She has costumed more than forty films over the course of three decades. Her work is currently the subject of a traveling exhibit. She lives in Los Angeles.


"In this stunning blend of backstage memoir and portfolio, Carter recounts her unexpected journey from actress to theater costume assistant and her life-changing encounter with a young director named Spike Lee. Tasked with designing his second film, School Daze, Carter drew on her eye for creative detail, deep grounding in history, adventurous sense of color and texture, and dizzying work ethic. Carter and Lee collaborated on nine more films.... While it was the Black Panther movies that brought her wide popular acclaim, she reveled in her historical films, which allowed her to revisit family stories and to delve into period photography and poetry." --Booklist Starred Review
"This definitive work makes visible the thought, care, and skill required of a successful film costumer.... Numerous anecdotes featuring well-known actors and filmmakers are woven throughout this conversational narrative. This book reveals the processes, including historical and cultural research and technical know-how, behind Carter's most famous works.... The author comes across as the storyteller she is, both with her costumes and her words.... The pages are filled with fascinating original illustrations, stunning photographs, and eye-catching stills highlighting Carter's artistry in full, glorious color." --Library Journal Starred Review