‘You can’t dismiss us any more’: the rise of black female costume designers

Ruth E Carter hopes her Oscar win for Black Panther will open the door for more diversity in a field that’s been lackingRegally draped in an embellished silk ball gown and a glittering jeweled necklace, costume designer Ruth E Carter ascended the stairs to the stage of the Dolby Theatre last week to claim her very first Oscar.

Triumphing for her dazzling work in Marvel blockbuster Black Panther, she told the A-list audience: “It’s been a long time coming.”Her words spoke not only to her illustrious career, including nominations for work on Amistad and Malcolm X but for the industry at large, as Carter became the first black winner ever in this category.

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