Ruth E. Carter receives her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 25th in recognition of her exceptional work in costume design during her four-decade career.
Photo: Hollywood Walk of Fame
By Dorothy Crouch |
Friday March 5th 2021
In honor of her career as a costume designer that spanned four decades, the venerable Ruth E. Carter recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony for Carter’s milestone was practically held due to the threat of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, the February 25 show was continued by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO Rana Ghadban, with commentary from Oprah Winfrey and Eddie Murphy.
« Today we honor an extraordinary woman who is revered in the film industry as one of the most sought-after film costume designers of all time, » said Ghadban, who declared February 25th as Ruth E. Carter Day in Hollywood. « Ruth wows audiences and critics alike with costumes that are inspired by traditional African tribal clothing and combined with a contemporary look that delivers fashion and function, incorporates technology and creates such authenticity, ownership and empowerment for the characters and viewers solidifying her as one of the standout voices experts in afrofuturism. «
The costume designer’s vision has films like School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Amistad, Lee Daniels The Butler and Dolemite Is My Name « defined. Carter’s work on Ryan Coogler’s « Black Panther » won an Oscar in 2019 and made her the first African-American artist to win an Oscar for best costume design.
« Ruth Carter is a genius. Of all the films, I’ve made over the years, I’ve never had a cloakroom designer whose clothes actually affect how you play your character, how you walk, or how you stand. She’s really instrumental in it There’s no one like her, » said Murphy. “There’s always a sense of comfort walking on a Ruth Carter set knowing you’ll be the best.”
This motion picture star is the second star to have become a costume designer the founding of the Walk of Fame in 1960. Carter’s star is the 2,694th dedicated to the Walk of Fame. Footage of the ceremony can be viewed via walkoffame.com.
« Her passion for clothing for clothing, costumes and design was complemented by her intent to create a nuanced depiction of a black family over the decades, » said Winfrey, who worked with Carter worked on several projects. « What I saw first on » The Butler « and then again on » Selma « was a woman who was deeply concerned with creating clothes that represented African American culture and travel. »
Before Carter in 1986 moved to Los Angeles, worked in Springfield, Massachusetts, her hometown, and also took an internship with the Santa Fe Opera. During her career, Carter has worked with iconic directors such as Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg and the late John Singleton.
« To all of my fans who enjoy my films and see each other so much that you show up in costume, it is my wish to continue to inspire you, » said Carter during the ceremony. « Most of all, I dedicate this star to all young aspiring filmmakers. I drove to Hollywood in an 85 Volkswagen Rabbit 36 years ago – no air conditioning, no airbags, no GPS – nothing was given to me. Every moment, every sacrifice Every effort was hard work , inspired by my passion. I hope that everyone who makes sacrifices beat these streets of Hollywood and carries their dreams in heavy garment bags full of costumes, the wish is to be the best as I have been when you look at mine Star, feel my energy, feel the power of your own unique story to make your dreams come true so that you too can reach your star. Wakanda forever. «
Carter’s work is next in the premiere of Murphy’s film » Coming. » 2 America « on March 5th, the sequel to the comedic classic » Coming to America « from 1988.
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