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Ruth E. Carter

Costume designer

Ruth E. Carter is the two-time Academy Award-winning costume designer. Best known for turning the Black Panther superhero into an African King, Carter makes history as the first Black person to win the Costume Design category and earns Marvel Studios their first Oscar recognition. For Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Carter makes history, again, for her outstanding costume design work and becomes the first Black woman to win multiple Academy Awards in any category and the first costume designer to win for the first film and its sequel. Over three decades in film, television, and theater, Carter has earned 70 credits and collaborated with prolific directors, including Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, Ava DuVernay, and Ryan Coogler. Carter’s costumes based on real and imaginative characters provide an arc to the narratives of African Americans from Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, What’s Love Got to Do with It, Amistad, The Butler, Marshall, Selma, Dolemite Is My Name, Coming 2 America to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Their Story

Ruth E. Carter shares how she learned to use her gifts to create opportunities for healing, especially when mourning the loss of her friend Chadwick Boseman.