The Costumes of Selma | Ruth E. Carter


Oscar nominated Costume designer extraordinaire, Ruth E. Carter recently sat down with Variety Magazine’s Awards Editor, Tim Gray to discuss the psychology of the look behind the Costumes of Selma.

While Carter is getting some well-deserved attention for he work in this award-nominated story, her work is not without high merit. She has designed costumes for a variety of films since she began her career in 1988 when she got her start working on Spike Lee’s second film, School Daze and also on Keenan Ivory Wayans’ comedy, I‘m Gonna Git You Sucka.

A graduate of Hampton, Carter developed a relationship with Lee working on nine of his films, most notably on Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X. She is a two-time Oscar nominee for both Amistad and Malcolm X.

Carter has also designed costumes for films such as Do the Right Thing, The Five Heartbeats, What’s Love Got to Do with It, Rosewood, Love & Basketball, Sparkle and most recently worked on The Butler.

She discusses her process for how she works her magic as she speaks with Gray.

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