Black Fashion History: Ruth E. Carter

Ruth E. Carter is an African-American costume designer. She is best known for her work on the films Malcolm X,Teen Beach Movie and Amistad, for each of which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. She received a career achievement award from the American Black Film Festival in 2002.Carter graduated from Hampton University, and then interned in her hometown…

Black Fashion History: Zelda Barbour Wynn Valdes

Zelda Wynn Valdes,  fashion and costume designer  was revered for her design talent and best known for her skill in highlighting the female body. She got her start in fashion creating outfits for her dolls as a child in Chambersburg, Pa., and began cutting out patterns from newspaper. She studied her grandmother’s work as a seamstress…