Black Panther Costume Designer as Leaders Breakfast Keynote Speaker

IIDA Southern California Chapter Leaders Breakfast committee is honored to present this year’s keynote speaker, Oscar- nominated costume designer, Ruth Carter. She has been most recently recognized for her work on Marvel’s latest blockbuster, Black Panther. Ruth has an impressive more than 40 films under her belt, earning Academy Award nominations in Best Costume Design for her work on Malcom X (1992) and Amistad (1997). Numerous times she has collaborated with Spike Lee.


During a recent interview with FastCompany, Ruth discusses her ideation around the costumes, stating that she wanted the costumes to not portray typical superheroes; “We didn’t want them to be these sexy girls walking around with a guy in a bulletproof catsuit. We wanted them to be serious fighters”. Furthermore, Ruth goes on to describe where her iconic costume design originating, largely from the east African tribe known as the Maasai. The color red was important symbolism: ”This brilliant red is a consistent color in Africa. So I upped the ante on the tone… I wanted it to be almost like an intimidating red, just intense and saturated”.

Photo Credit: Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Pictures

Photo Credit: Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Pictures

IIDA Southern California is proud to present Social Justice as the theme of this year’s Leaders Breakfast. Ruth Carter will share her experience behind the masterpieces and share her personal journey transcending through the fashion design industry. Additionally, program will feature honoree Jayna Zweiman, co-creator and mastermind behind The Pussyhat Project, a global women’s movement which has reached over 600 rallies across multiple continents. Jayna will be speaking about her newest passion project, the Welcome Blanket, a crowd-sourced action which invites participants to knit, crochet and sew blankets for new immigrants seeking resettlement. IIDA SoCal extends the invitation to attend our Leaders Breakfast 2018 event to our entire community.

Thursday, September 13th, 2018, 7-10am
InterContinetal Los Angeles Downtown
900 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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