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Dora Milaje costume designed by Ruth E. Carter. Black Panther movie, 2018. Part of Mothership: Voyage into Afrofuturism exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California.

Afrofuturism was the closest we came to following a model that was out there already … I rooted myself in fashion and a lot of times, fashion in its simplicity, can have a forward feel to it.

Ruth E. Carter, American costume designer.

This quote is from a Q&A Ms. Carter did with Forbes magazine in 2018.

Having costumed over 40 films, including Malcom X and Amistad, Ms. Carter has been nominated three times for an Academy Award. In 2019 she was the first African American to win for her work on the Marvel blockbuster film, Black Panther.

Return to ODFL tomorrow for my coverage of the current Oakland Museum of California exhibition, Mothership: Voyage into Afrofuturism.

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Brooks Brothers copied their original 70s Herringbone tweed sports coat for the film Argo.

Ms. West asked Brooks Brothers to copy their original 70s Herringbone tweed sports coat for Ben Afflick’s character in the film Argo.

I always think it’s the second an actor puts the clothes on and stands differently … they’re transplanted. The clothing is the bridge between the actor and the characters.

– Jacqueline West, costumer. This quote is from an interview printed in The Costume Designer: The Official Magazine of the Costume Designers Guild.

Ms. West started her fashion career as boutique owner in Berkeley, CA from which she designed and sold her own line – Identikit. Her first costuming gig was for Henry & June in 1990. She went on to Rising Sun, Quills, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for which she earned an Academy Award nomination, and Ben Afflick’s late-70s period film Argo.

(The 2015 Academy Award for Best Costumes went to  Milena Canonero – The Budapest Hotel.)

 

 

 

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