Ruth E. Carter AfroFuturism in Costume Design

Academy Award winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter

Photos and Text – Bonnie Newman Davis, Journalist, Journalism Educator, Media Consultant

Executive Director, BND Institute of Media and Culture, Inc.

Wow! It was so worth the ride to Roanoke, Virginia’s Taubman Museum to view the Ruth E. Carter AfroFuturism in Costume Design Exhibit on April 3, 2022, its last day in the commonwealth! Ms. Carter, a Hampton University graduate, is the first African American to win an Academy Award (2019) in the Best Costume Design category for “Black Panther”. Her costumes from other movies such as “The Butler,” “Selma,’’ “Amistad” etc., also were on display. I walked away in awe of all that is involved in the artistry and art of fashion and costuming —-it goes beyond appearance and style by incorporating practicality, utilitarianism, classism and so much more. What a wonderfully enlightening weekend! And where were you?