'Black Panther' costume designer celebrated in retrospective

Published 08-25-2018

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ruth E. Carter has spent three decades bringing the African-American experience to life on the big screen with her costume designs, from "Black Panther" to "Selma" to more than a dozen Spike Lee movies.

A new exhibit at Pittsburgh's Senator John Heinz History Center explores Carter's groundbreaking career. "Heroes & Sheroes: The Art and Influence of Ruth E. Carter in Black Cinema" opens Saturday and showcases more than 40 costumes from nine movies.

The costumes include those from "Amistad," ''What's Love Got to do With It," ''The Butler," ''Malcolm X," ''Selma," ''Do the Right Thing" and of course "Black Panther."

Carter says she hopes visitors take away from the exhibit something they didn't know before, and perhaps find inspiration from her own personal backstory.

"Heroes & Sheroes" runs through Dec. 2.

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