The costumes for Marvel's upcoming blockbuster was inspired by Maasai culture
The Maasai unique way of life and colourful dress code which has stood the test of time has not only inspired movie creators but global fashion brands as well.
The Maasai's unique and beautiful dress style has been credited as one of the influences for the widely praised costumes of the Dora Milaje, the secret security outfit of the king of Wakanda.
The mastermind behind the costumes is Ruth E. Carter ― whose work has been featured in iconic black films including “Shaft,” “Malcolm X,” “Do the Right Thing,” “Roots,” “Amistad,” “Selma” and “B*A*P*S*” .
In an interview she revealed that her goal in designing the costumes was to make them true to the fictional African country from the comic books while still drawing inspiration from the fashions of actual groups on the continent.
“I’m looking at the whole continent and a wide range of people, like the [Maasai] and the Suri. It all becomes a part of the framework of Wakanda,” she said.
“Most people who read the comic books know Wakanda is a mountainous area; it’s a secret place that’s not necessarily trading and interacting with the rest of the world. They’re a little bit more advanced in technology than other civilizations. We are creating that world, and trying to create a culture and pride that feels authentic to the specific location.”
The Maasai unique way of life and colourful dress code which has stood the test of time has not only inspired movie creators but global fashion brands as well such as Louis Vuitton’s who have also borrowed the look.
Black Panther is scheduled to hit theaters on February 16, 2018.
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