Ruth Carter Will Blow Your Mind With Her Black Panther Designs

Hey Cuties,

Black Panther week continues, I hope you enjoyed my interview with Marvel Black Panther Director, Ryan Coogler.  While watching the movie I was obsessing over the costumes and looks so I had to chat with Costume Designer Ruth Carter. This lady here is an unsung hero let me tell you. I also chatted with Black Panther, Producer Nate Moore. Squeal! Listen everyone on this movie that I’ve met are simply amazing. Maybe its the creativity we have in common but they were so freaking humble. Let’s get into it.

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Costume Designer Ruth Carter: Photo Credit: Disney/Marvel

Ruth Carter is a lady who has blazed a path in the industry.  She has a ton of receipts but I will list some of my favorites movies she has worked on:

School Daze (1988), I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988), Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo’ Better Blues (1990), House Party 2 (1991), Jungle Fever (1991), The Five Heartbeats (1991), Malcolm X (1992), What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993), Crooklyn (1994),  B*A*P*S (1997), Amistad (1979), Love & Basketball (2000), Shaft (2000), Baby Boy (2001), The Butler (2013), Selma (2014),  Black Panther (2018)

Fun Fact: She received her first Oscar nomination for Spike Lee’s Malcolm X. She received her second Oscar nomination for Steven Spielberg Amistad.

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Black Panther Producer, Nate Moore: Photo Credit Disney/Marvel

Nate Moore is a producer in the film division at Marvel Studios.  He has produced Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Black Panther (2018). Did I mention that Nate is 37 years of black boy joy?  I need to step my game up out here in these streets.

Our chat was so freaking good, here are the questions we talked about and some of Ruth’s designs.

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Q: How did you decide how you wanted everyone to look? 0:04

Q: When it came to merchandising what did you have to say no to? 1:04

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Q: How did your time at Hampton University shape you? (Ruth) 1:25

Q: Are you doing Black Panther screenings in Africa? 3:10

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Q: What is your proudest moment now that Black Panther is done? 3:20

Q: What does Black Panther mean to you? #WhatDoesBlackPantherMeanToYou 5:52

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Q: When making the film, did you know Okoye & Nakia would come across so strong? 7:17

Q: In the movie, you see a blend of beautiful African fabrics on the Wakandan people. How did you decide what tribal culture to use? 8:13

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Q: When Halloween rolls around will we have a chance to purchase some of the costumes we see in Black Panther? 10:24

Q: Did you read any of the comics before working on the movie? 11:30


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Q: You see scenes in Oakland and Africa, was crossing cultures intentional? 12:43

Q: A scene is reminiscent of the missing Chibok Girls. Was that done on purpose? 13:33

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Photo Credit: Marvel/Disney

Black Panther is in theaters NOW, go out and support this film.

Lifestyle Media Correspondent MimiCutelips talks all things black panther costume designs with designer Ruth Carter and Producer, Nate Moore.

Do you have plans to see the movie? Chat with me in the comments below or FBIG, and Twitter.

Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Tim B

    I’m a big fan of movie concept art. These drawings are amazing. Can’t wait to see the final products used in the movie. My son and I are really looking forward to seeing the Black Panther at the movie theater.

  2. Sarah Bailey

    Oh my goodness those designs are absolutely incredible. how awesome to get to talk to Nate and Ruth about there time on films! Black Panther seems like such a great film to go and see.

  3. CeCe

    So looking forward to seeing this movie. The costumes look amazing! It’s going to be me and the hubby’s version of a Valentine’s Day date.

  4. Tyra

    These costumes look so lit! If she isn’t nominated for an Oscar it will be a travesty. This is magic!

  5. EG III

    I’m not a fan of superheroes movies but, and I attempt to say this in the most politically correct way possible…I am a huge fan of all things black (I would have written that last bit in bold had I could). So you can believe I’ll be setting my movie preference reservations aside to go check out this film!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Yup! There is nothing wrong with that at all EG. To celebrate one thing doesn’t diminish anyone else. I am always cheering for everyone black. That doesn’t mean I don’t want others to win. I’m not a superhero girl either but it is so damn good.

  6. Cyn Gagen

    Those costumes are absolutely amazing. We haven’t seen this yet but are hoping to go see it this week. It looks so good and we’re big Marvel fans.

  7. Monique Tillman

    The costumes were everything in Black Panther. I mean I was amazed and inspired at the same time. She did an amazing job.

  8. Leslie

    Mind was absolutely blown! Her designs were creative, innovative and inspiring! I loved this movie. So much saw it twice!

  9. Jeanine

    They look incredible! I have heard nothing but the best things about this movie. This is just one more thing to add to the list!

  10. Lynndee

    Those designs are amazing! Looks like she is one talented costume designer. Looking forward to seeing the movie.

  11. Up Run for Life Healthy Lifestyle Blog

    My husband saw this movie yesterday and he said it was awesome. So awesome, that he went to see it again with my son this afternoon.

  12. Kita

    Look I need Ms. Ruth to make me a whole Wakanda inspired wardrobe. Feeling so inspired by the entire Black Panther movement.

  13. Sheena

    I’m going to need them to come out with a video game, stat. These are awesome.

  14. Kiwi

    I interviewed Ruth too! She is a beast she did so many black films so she is an expect. This is one of her best works for sure I am so proud of her and what she did to bring life to the African culture authentically and manifest it to the big screen.

  15. Tonia

    Ruth Carter is amazing. I want to wear everything in the movie. She really took us places with her creativity.

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  17. Kasi

    She did amaaaaazzzziinnnggg work for the film!!! I loved everyone’s wardrobes!!!

  18. robin rue

    I haven’t seen the Black Panther yet, but we are going this weekend. I have heard so many people say how visually stunning the movie is because of the costumes.

  19. Alli Smith

    I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I have plans to see it soon. My son and daughter-in-law saw it this past weekend and loved it. I can hardly wait to see all the costumes!

  20. Amber Myers

    Everyone looks so incredible in their costumes and make up! I cannot wait to see this movie.

  21. Jeanette

    I really love this concept drawings. The colors in the creativity and them are outstanding. That is one thing I love about movies is that you can really make the impossible happen.

  22. Candy

    Everyone is writing about Black Panther movie. Haven’t had chance to see it yet. Sure it will win tons of awards for clothing and more

  23. Alison Rost

    I am at awe with the costumes that I saw in Black Panther and it’s really amazing how she brought the characters to life. Definitely something to be proud of, because she made the movie more visually appealing. This was an awesome interview!

  24. Sarah Honey

    What an amazing opportunity interview all these amazing people. She did an amazing job with costumes. Haven’t seen the movie yet but from the previews, it looks incredible!

  25. Lisa

    I am still dying to see this movie. What a great interview and a closer look at some of the costumes.

  26. Laura Dove

    Ooh I haven’t heard of this film, I think I have been living under a rock, but those costumes are amazing!

  27. Tomi C

    The costumes were amazing. I love how she incorporated so many African countries and tribes into the costume designs. EPIC! Just epic!

  28. Sara Welch

    She really has some great taste. I loved the wardrobe in Black Panther.

  29. Carol Cassara

    Love how the costumes look and her inspiration is definitely the best, it’s nice that she based them on the traditions that the tribes have in Africa. From the colors to the patterns, I am definitely a huge fan of it all. She’s amazing!

  30. Terri Steffes

    Ruth Carter is one talented woman! What a vision she had! I think there will be knock offs for the kids coming soon!

  31. Amanda

    Those clothes are true ART. I am going to see Black Panther this weekend and I can’t wait to see all of these beautiful costumes on the big screen.

  32. Bianca Dottin

    Her designs are absolutely amazing! I hope she continues to designs for movie costumes.

  33. Chubskulit Rose

    You’re a lucky gal for always having the chance to meet these talented actors. This might be a good movie to watch.,

  34. Terri Beavers

    I can’t believe how talented others are, I guess because I’m not. At all. These designs are something to be proud of. We’re looking forward to the movie.

  35. Saidah Washington

    We loved Black Panther. Chadwick Bozeman is such a good actor and so are the ladies of course.

  36. Karen Akpan

    Loved this article. So much African pride. I loved every single design. It was well crafted and well designed and well thought out. Hoping to see more of her designs in other movies.

  37. Joyce Brewer

    If Ruth Carter doesn’t deserve an Oscar for this film, no one deserves an Oscar. Her work was captivating.

  38. Lauren

    The costume designs were unbelievable! I hope she gets all the accolades she deserves for her work. Kudos for this opportunity! Great questions.

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