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‘Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design’ opens at Jamestown

Free Press staff report | 5/9/2024, 6 p.m.
he Jamestown Settlement is hosting an exhibition high-lighting the work of Ruth E. Carter, a distinguished figure in costume design ...
The costume of Queen Ramonda, as played by actress Angela Bassett in the film “Black Panther,”will be displayed at the “Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design” exhibition at Jamestown Settlement. Photo by Colin Gray and SCAD FASH Museum

he Jamestown Settlement is hosting an exhibition high-lighting the work of Ruth E. Carter, a distinguished figure in costume design and a recipient of two Academy Awards.

“Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design,” will showcase Ms. Carter’s extensive portfolio, spanning historical periods and cinematic genres. A graduate of Hampton University, Ms. Carter has created thousands of costumes for characters both historical and fictional for such films as “Amistad,” “Roots,” “Malcolm X,” “Selma,” “Do the Right Thing” and “Coming 2 America.”

Curated by Julia Long and organized by Ruth Costume Designs, the exhibition presents Ms. Carter’s craftsmanship with a focus on over 60 original garments. Among the featured pieces are costumes from notable films such as “Black Panther, where Ms. Carter’s blend of traditional and contemporary elements garnered widespread acclaim.

The exhibition, set to open May 11, also will provide insight into Ms. Carter’s creative process, offering a glimpse into her research methods and collaborative approach to costume design. In addition to showcasing Ms. Carter’s work, the exhibition will include an educational component, exploring the historical context of costume design.

A section titled “Fashioned in History” will feature the work of Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation tailors, providing insights into the design process for historical clothing.

Admission to the exhibition is included with entry to Jamestown Settlement. Tickets are $15 to $44. For more information, visit jymuseums.org.