Oscar-nominated costume designer coming to Iowa State

AMES, Iowa – Ruth Carter has an eye for bringing stories to life through costumes – most recently in “Black Panther.” 

Ruth Carter

Now, the Oscar-nominated costume designer is coming to Iowa State University to share her expertise and vision. “A Hollywood Career in Costume Design” will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Stephens Auditorium. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Carter conceptualized and created more than 1,000 costumes for the Wakanda nation in “Black Panther,” the result of library and photo research and inspiration from African artisans.

She has worked in the industry for more than three decades and is credited with over 40 films. Carter is the first African-American costume designer to be nominated for an Academy Award. She earned Oscar nominations for best costume design for Spike Lee's “Malcolm X” and Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad,” as well as a 2016 Emmy nomination for “Roots.”

Carter has worked with Spike Lee on 14 films, including “School Daze” and “Do the Right Thing,” and she is well-known for her work on period ensemble films such as Lee Daniels' “The Butler” and Ava Duvernay's “Selma.” Carter has a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from Hampton University.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the College of Human Sciences’ Human Sciences Week 2018; Helen LeBaron Hilton Chair Endowment in the College of Human Sciences; apparel, events and hospitality management department; and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded by Student Government.

Find more information about ISU lectures online or by calling 515-294-9934.