After winning an Oscar for her costumes on the Ryan Coogler blockbuster Black Panther, Ruth E. Carter is carefully stitching together a plan for her next assignment — bringing the wardrobe to life for Coming to America 2.
At a gala Saturday night in Los Angeles, hosted by the Black Design Collective, Carter said shes in the early stages of mapping out the costumes for the Craig Brewer-directed film.
“Im excited about it,” she said. “Im reunited with Eddie Murphy. Weve done several projects together.”
John Landis directed the original film, and his wife Deborah Nadoolman Landis designed the costumes for the 1988 comedy, earning an Oscar nomination for her work on the clothes for the fictional African country of Zamunda.
Yet, even after winning an Oscar, Carter said she doesnt want to disappoint Coming to America fans.
“Its big shoes to step in. Thats an iconic film,” she noted. “Were going to continue Zamunda. Were not trying to change the look, but we are going to modernize some things to show the new generation.”
(L-R) Black Design Collective founders TJ Walker, Kevan Hall, Angela Dean pose with Ruth E. Carter. (Credit: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)
The costumer has worked on dozens of films, including Malcolm X, Selma, Amistad and Do the Right Thing, just to name a few. She was honored during Saturdays gala, for becoming the first African-American to take home an Academy Award in the Costume Design category.
Los Angeles-based red carpet designer Kevan Hall is one of the founders of the newly created collective.
Hall and fellow designers Angela Dean, and TJ Walker started the organization to promote and support the work of black fashion designers and costumers, as well as to raise money for students at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in downtown L.A. They handed out a $10,000 scholarship at the event.
“We just saw a need for there to be an opportunity to help young designers find their way,” Hall explained. “We wanted to be able to give back.”
Ruth E. Carter and Gabrielle Union attend the Black Design CollectRead More – Source