Admirer’s of Ruth E. Carter’s design work may be interested to know that she has a new book out. The Art of Ruth E. Carter: Costuming Black History and the Afrofuture, from Do the Right Thing to Black Panther, came out in May 2023. Afrofuturism is an aesthetic in which futuristic or science fiction themes incorporate elements of Black history and culture. The hardcover book celebrates her entire three-decade career to date, beginning with her early work for Spike Lee and continuing to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Included are anecdotes on working with many of the stars she has dressed over the fifty plus films she has costumed to date, averaging 2.5 movies per year. It has many sketches, mood boards, film stills and behind the scene photos which illustrate both her design process and collaboration methods.
Carter is currently working on designs for “Blade”, a Black half-vampire, half-human character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to be released next year.
The book runs between $30 and $40 depending on where you purchase it. Bookplate autographed copies are currently available from https://premierecollectibles.com/ruthecarter
The Art of Ruth E. Carter: Costuming Black History and the Afrofuture, from Do the Right Thing to Black Panther
Publisher: Chronicle Books (May 23, 2023)
Hardcover: 152 pages