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Black Panther designer dedicates Oscar win to late mother and Chadwick Boseman

The designer said her mother died in the week aged 101 and asked Boseman to take care of her.
The designer said her mother died in the week aged 101 and asked Boseman to take care of her. The designer said her mother died in the week aged 101 and asked Boseman to take care of her.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever costume designer Ruth E Carter has dedicated her Oscar win to her late mother and the film’s late star Chadwick Boseman.

The American designer, 62, beat multiple Oscar-winner designer Jenny Beavan for Mrs Harris Goes To Paris and Catherine Martin for Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis.

Carter is the first African-American to win two Academy Awards for best costume design, following her success at the 91st ceremony for her work on Marvel superhero film Black Panther.

95th Academy Awards – Show
95th Academy Awards – Show Ruth E. Carter accepts the award for best costume design for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” at the Oscars (Chris Pizzello/AP)

Accepting her award, Carter said: “Thank you to the Academy for recognising the super hero that is a black woman, she endures, she loves, she overcomes, she is every woman in this film. She is my mother.

“This past week Mabel became an ancestor. This film prepared me for this moment, Chadwick (Boseman) please take care of mum.”

Boseman, who played King T’Challa in the original 2018 film Black Panther, died in 2020 from colon cancer at the age of 43.

Graham Norton Show – London
Graham Norton Show – London Chadwick Boseman died in 2020 age 43 (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Speaking of her creative team, Carter added: “Together we are re-shaping how culture is represented.

“I share this with many dedicated artists whos hands and hearts helped manifest the costumes of Wakanda. This is for my mother, she was 101.”

Carter was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, and studied costume design at Hampton University. She then moved to Los Angeles, where she met director Spike Lee.

The prolific costume designer has worked in the industry for more than three decades, creating costumes for more than 40 films, ranging from period pieces – like Ava DuVernay’s film Selma – to futurist designs, like in superhero movie Black Panther.