Gabrielle Union honours Black Panther costume designer Ruth E. Carter

Gabrielle Union led a touching tribute to Black Panther costume designer Ruth E. Carter during the Black Design Collective on Sunday (14Apr19). The actress honoured the Oscar winner during the event at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising i…

Gabrielle Union led a touching tribute to Black Panther costume designer Ruth E. Carter during the Black Design Collective on Sunday (14Apr19).

The actress honoured the Oscar winner during the event at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, during which Carter’s career achievements on over 50 films was highlighted.

Union, who worked with Carter on her TV series Being Mary Jane, praised her passion and nurturing presence on set.

“Every fitting I’ve ever had with Ruth was in her home,” she said from the stage. “She welcomes us in. She makes us feel protected. She literally gives us wings so we can all fly. Who really is doing that? She made Mary Jane a fashion icon. That wasn’t me, Mary Jane would have been in some basketball shorts. That was Ruth.”

The star also shared how her New York & Company clothing line was inspired by her collaboration with Carter on the series.

“New York & Company was like Being Mary Jane,” she shared. “I wanted to create a line inspired by Mary Jane. Well, you don’t get inspired by Mary Jane without Ruth E. Carter.”

The gathering marked the first event for the new organisation, launched to fight inequality in the fashion world – and Union insisted Carter was the perfect honouree: “She doesn’t talk about it (equality). She is about it,” the actress said. “So all of us in here who get that baton passed to us, the Black Design Collective, that’s what this is about.

“It’s not about talking about diversity and inclusion. It’s not about begging somebody for scraps at their d**n table. It’s about saying, ‘I don’t need your table in your whack a** house. I’ll build my own house…'”

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The Favourite and Black Panther win top honours at Costume Designers Guild Awards

The Favourite, Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were the big winners at the Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) on Tuesday night (19Feb19). Sandy Powell, who took home the costume design BAFTA earlier this month (Feb19), won the Excellence in Per…

The Favourite, Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were the big winners at the Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) on Tuesday night (19Feb19).

Sandy Powell, who took home the costume design BAFTA earlier this month (Feb19), won the Excellence in Period Film prize for her work on Yorgos Lanthimos’ comedy-drama, while Black Panther designer Ruth E. Carter won the Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film for the Oscar-nominated Marvel movie and Mary E. Vogt was presented with the Excellence in Contemporary Film accolade for Crazy Rich Asians.

Both Carter and Powell are up for the Best Costume Design Academy Award on Sunday. Powell appears in the category twice, for The Favourite and Mary Poppins Returns, while the remaining nominees include Mary Queen of Scots’ Alexandra Byrne and Mary Zophres for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Carter, who has previously been Oscar-nominated for Malcolm X and Amistad, took home two prizes at the CDGA on Tuesday night, as she had already been announced as the recipient of the Career Achievement Award.

According to Deadline, Halle Berry took to the stage at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles to heap praise on Carter, who “helped me to be the very best crack ho’ that I could be” in 1991’s Jungle Fever, her first-ever movie.

Other honorees included Oscar favourite Glenn Close, who said she was “very moved” to receive the CDGA Spotlight Award, and added, “It has been my great privilege to have stood for hundreds of hours being draped, pinned and trimmed by many of you in this room.”

Ryan Murphy was presented with the Distinguished Collaborator honorary award by his American Horror Story regular Sarah Paulson, while costume designer Betty Pecha Madden was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Award.

Other winners on the night included the teams for TV shows The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Westworld, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Natasha Newman-Thomas, who won the Excellence in Short Form Design prize for Childish Gambino’s music video This is America.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Excellence in Period Film: The Favourite – Sandy Powell

Excellence in Contemporary Film: Crazy Rich Asians – Mary E. Vogt

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film: Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter

Excellence in Period Television: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Donna Zakowska

Excellence in Contemporary Television: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – Lou Eyrich & Allison Leach

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television: Westworld – Sharen Davis

Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television: RuPaul’s Drag Race – Zaldy Goco

Excellence in Short Form Design: Childish Gambino, This is America – Natasha Newman-Thomas

Career Achievement Award: Ruth E. Carter

Spotlight Award: Glenn Close

Distinguished Service Award: Betty Pecha Madden

Distinguished Collaborator Award: Ryan Murphy

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