Wakanda Forever- The Fashion of Black Panther
I finally got a chance to see the epic movie Black Panther, and I must say it lived up to all the hype that surrounded it. Let me first start by saying that I loved the strong portrayal of black women in this movie. From being leaders, scientists, warriors, and having a voice of opinion, Black Panther definitely highlighted women of color in a strong and positive manner, something that is so needed in today's society.
Now as for the costume design.......LOVE is an understatement. Ruth Carter, the costume designer for Black Panther did an amazing job with pulling inspiration from various African cultures to create the modern yet traditional African looks. With the use of 3-D printed accessories, a cast of designers, and years of experience that range from movies that include Malcolm X, Selma, and What's Love Got to do With it, Carter took us fully into Wakanda via the fashions. Carter stated in a Glamour interview that she, "was under a lot of pressure to not create a stereotype", Let's just say she didn't but created a modern, tech-savvy, world all while remaining true to African culture via the fashions in Black Panther.
One of the brands that Carter tapped to create authentic and modern African looks came from Nigerian designer Walé Oyéjidé, creative director of the menswear line Ikiré Jones. Oyéjidé was responsible for designing the beautiful scarf that King T'challa is seen wearing in a post credit scene in the movie(be sure to stay until ALL the credits are done rolling). The use of African based designer and brands does a great job of bringing the traditional African garb into the modern fashion world of Wakanda.
Take a look at a few of my favorite looks from the movie!