For anyone who has seen Black Panther, the extreme attention to detail that is paid to the costumes is quite remarkable; equal parts works of art as they are a visual representation of various tribes and cultures from across Africa which was channeled into the Wakandan garb.

The film’s costume designer, Ruth Carter, recently spoke with Vanity Fair about key pieces, the usage of 3D printing to achieve the desired effect, how armor should be perceived as jewelry, and the importance of color for each character – specifically framing the examples around scenes involving T’Challa’s entrance, and the events at Warrior Falls.

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Words by Alec Banks
Features Editor

Alec Banks is a Los Angeles-based long-form writer with over a decade of experience covering fashion, music, sports, and culture.