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Ruth Carter - Pioneers Who Have Shaped America's Fashion History

Ruth E. Carter is an African American costume designer for film and television with over 40 films to her credit. Carter has mastered the look of multiple periods and genres in envisioning the clothing and overall appearance of a character or performer. During her career, she has earned three nominations for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design for her work in the films Malcolm X, Black Panther and Amistad.

She won the Academy Award in that category for Black Panther, becoming the first African American to win in Best Costume Design. In 2021, Carter received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the film category. She was also the costume designer for the 2016 American television miniseries 2016 Roots. Currently, she is designing costumes for the American television drama series Being Mary Jane on BET Networks.


Image: Ruth Carter_ For Unframed Magazine_2019_Image by Jack Manning via Jaxon Photo Group.


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