Erase every depressing and desolate thought you have of Africa and put them all in one recycle bin because Black Panther will shine a light on a whole different side of Africa. It’ll take you to cultural heights with its great kingdoms, rich history, and advance technology – the doors to the jewel of Africa.
Premiering last January 29 in Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, Black Panther is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie that tackles something real and political. It was tasteful and properly executed that brought the audience, the stars and its makers incredible pride. Also, it’s the first superhero movie in years to star a black lead character, with Chadwick Boseman playing T’Challa, an African king ruling the fictional kingdom of Wakanda.
Each character has been well-played and well-written. The Black women in this film were also well represented, something that other Marvel movies may have not done well, with African women finally given the spotlight to show how smart and kickass they really are. The film was visually stunning, but it’s the complexity of the characters that added to the greatness of the film.. Michael B. Jordan killed it as the villain as he exceeded the Loki standards.
Black Panther is futuristic with its gadgets and fast forward nation, but it’s also grounded with its traditional sense of values and fashion. Costume designer and Oscar nominee Ruth E. Carter gives life to an entire nation as she clothed each character in pieces that speaks Wakanda: futuristic but still rooted with ancient African traditions.
She studied patterns, colors, and silhouettes of the real history of Africa and mended futuristic touches which boosted the movie’s authenticity. Being consistent with the movie, Carter took note of how Vibranium is Wakanda’s precious treasure. The impossibly strong rare metal affects the country’s prosperity, technological advancements, and culture which inspired her to add metal to Black Panther’s and other characters’ costumes in a decorative and practical way.
Wakanda’s queen mother, Ramonda, wears a traditional Zulu hat but with its own modern twist. Carter used a 3-D printer from Belgium to make the headpiece flexible and perfectly symmetrical. It’s the perfect blend of traditional and futuristic.
Bringing the movie’s African sense of fashion to the Black Panther premiere, the stars and attendees walked down the purple carpet and were required to dress accordingly to the “royal attire” theme. Everyone looked regal with their Africa-inspired fashion. There’s no better way to debut this one-of-a-kind highly cultural Marvel film.
Glamorously fierce Lupita Nyong’o steals the spotlight with her custom purple Atelier Versace gown with a jeweled gold harness. It’s an interpretation of her character as the warrior, Nakia. Wakanda’s queen mother, Angela Bassett, came through with her stunning yellow fringe jumpsuit by Naeem Khan. Her tribal touches of large gold accessories worked surprisingly well with her jumpsuit.
Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman owned his right to the crown wearing an Emporio Armani black and gold floral embossed double-breasted shawl collar jacket. Other stars seen on the purple carpet was scene stealer, Janelle Monae, who wore a pre-fall 2018 Christian Siriano gown with a black bodice and train and a white and blue sleeve complete with a gold embroidered crown.
Actor Donald Glover, or as some may know him as rapper Childish Gambino, turned heads with his orange suit, showing off his initials in an embroidered badge near his lapel while underneath he wore a black and orange printed button-down shirt. Actor David Oyelowo brought it home when he wore a colorful African ensemble. It was giving a “casual African prince” look. Nothing says “casual prince” like a Christian Louboutin loafer.