Ruth Carter is an American costume designer who has been in the business now for over 30 years; this award is her first time earning the big award after two other nominations throughout her career.
Carter chose a glittering gown for the event, complete with puffed sleeves and a tribal-style necklace that reflects styles seen in “Black Panther.”
“Marvel may have created the first black superhero but through costume design, we turned him into an African king,” said Carter during her acceptance speech.
The award was Marvel’s first film to win for Best Costume Design but it also was historic as Carter is the first African-American to receive the title.
Carter’s costumes in the film are a unique mix representing historic tribal styles and modern takes on design and structure that defied the normal superhero.
She finished off her speech with a special anecdote: “My career is built with passion to tell stories that allow us to know ourselves better. This is for my 97-year-old mother watching in Massachusetts. Mom, thank you for teaching me about people and their stories. You are the original superhero.”
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