Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design at MoPOP | Kids Out and About Seattle

Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design at MoPOP

Oscar Winner Ruth E. Carter’s costumes from more than a dozen films will be on display at MoPOP starting June 18 in an exhibition exploring her perspective on Afrofuturism: the application of knowledge intertwined with imagination, self-expression, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

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An Academy-Award winning costume designer, Ruth E. Carter’s career has defined generations through her work in film and TV. Her art adds dimensionality, flair, and culture to the characters she envisions, giving power to the incredible actors that wear them. Her vibrancy and attention to detail in costuming is integral to translating stories of race, politics, and culture to the big screen. From humble roots in Massachusetts, Ruth Carter has been helping style the Afrofuturism movement for almost 40 years.

Designing pieces for films such as Black PantherMalcom XSelma, and Do the Right Thing, Carter has designed costumes for legends like Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Chadwick Boseman, Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and more.

MoPOP is proud to display more than 60 of Carter’s original garments while also showcasing her immersive process, historical research, and attention to detail that imbues every project she brings to life.

Exhibition Highlights

  • Costumes designed by Ruth E. Carter from films including Black Panther, Do the Right Thing, Selma, Malcolm X, Roots, Coming 2 America, and more
  • Immersive, interactive experiences including a Black Panther “Warrior Falls” photo opportunity
  • Afrofuturistic installation incorporating original artwork by Brandon Sadler
  • Original drawings, paintings, photographs, sketches, and mood boards
  • Descriptive text panels with supplemental digital materials

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Museum of Pop Culture


325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA, 98109
United States


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All Ages