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Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design

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SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film / Atlanta

It’s rare for a costume designer to get his or her own exhibition. Adrian, the man who defined the fashion look of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from 1928 to 1941, has received the lion’s share of shows. And sometimes there are group exhibitions of work by Hollywood designers (Banton, Greer, Head, Beaton). The problem is that movie studios and theaters do a lot of recycling, which means costumes that are not pointedly set aside get repurposed. So it’s a treat to have this exhibition on the work of Ruth E. Carter, the first Black woman to win the Oscar for Best Costume Design (for 2018’s Black Panther). Carter has dressed more than 60 film and televisions projects, a number of which have been definitive statements on race in America, movies directed by Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay, and Steven Spielberg. Sixty costumes, sketches, and ephemera from the past four decades are displayed in an installation created by Brandon Sadler. —L.J.

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