That Marvelous Costume: ‘Black Panther’

Last week for my first segment of That Marvelous Costume I focused on the film Phantom Thread, a movie whose only Oscar win went to Mark Bridges for Best Costume Design. This week I’m focusing on a film that got similar love from The Academy for Best Costume Design and that is Black Panther.

Forget the deeper meanings behind the story or the riveting cast of actors who brought home Oustanding Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the costumes are where it’s at.


Whether we’re talking about Nakia’s style which has a specific green theme because of being born in the River Tribe.


You have General Okoye and the Dora Milaje clad in red but it’s very clear to point out who their leader is just by the stark gold that Okoye wears.


Erik Killmonger is shown in blue clothing to symbolize colonialism according to Ryan Coogler which is fascinating.


T’Challa looks expectedly regal in elegant robes fit for a king that change color depending on the mood of the scene. T’Challa’s white robe in the spirit world is utterly stunning.

But beyond the colors and the impressive tailoring, there is a sense of detail to every costume that every character wears, whether they are the extras in the background or one of the main characters, making it easy to comprehend why Ruth E. Carter won for Best Costume Design…finally.


All in all, the looks in this film are amazing.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.


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