Black Panther and Dolemite is My Name costume designer Ruth E. Carter acquired the inaugural NAACP Image Awards Vanguard Award for Costume Design on Friday, at a “Colors Behind the Look: A Celebration of Fashion, Costume Design and Glam” occasion coinciding with the week-long awards program.
For the Image Awards’ many classes — this yr spanning 5 nights of non-televised ceremonies main as much as the dwell present on Saturday — costume design had not beforehand been acknowledged.
“My heart is so warm and so open to this honor of opening up this category. I used to always wonder why the NAACP Image Awards weren’t bringing us from behind the camera to in front of the camera,” Carter stated throughout her speech on the occasion, which befell surrounding the pool of the Hollywood Roosevelt. “We actually are working it out for the actors behind closed doors, we are image makers. We are image makers and we are a force to be reckoned with.”
Speaking to the group following a non-public luncheon, she acknowledged standing “on the shoulders of many, many people who have become before us of color who have dressed presidents, who have dressed abolitions, and who have dressed all that NAACP stands for. Those women didn’t dare to call themselves costume designers but they were.”
And Carter, who in 2019 turned the primary Black lady to win an Oscar for costume design with Black Panther, added that “to introduce this category of costume design is actually honoring a legacy, a legacy of people who were instrumental in designing our Afrofuture. [Black Panther‘s all-female military group] The Dora Milaje are the highest ranking female fighting force in Wakanda and they are not sexualized — we dressed them to have empowered clothing, we dressed them to have their bodies fully clothed, we dressed them for you to take them seriously because they protected the king of Wakanda. So these women are protecting the king and the NAACP.”
Following her speech, the NAACP formally introduced that two new aggressive classes — costume design and hair and make-up — shall be added to subsequent yr’s award present. Along along with her honor, Carter’s work is being highlighted with a dressing up exhibit arrange on the Roosevelt.
Elsewhere throughout the occasion, the host, stylist GooGoo Atkins, additionally led a tribute to late trend luminaries Andre Leon Talley and Virgil Abloh. The celebration ended with a trend present — with a runway laid over the pool — that includes seems from Kevan Hall, Carl Jones, Rodney Epperson, Isaiah Hemingway and Byron Lars of the Black Design Collective.