Marvel Studios presented Black Panther “Welcome to Wakanda” during New York Fashion Week. This event showcased bespoke designer pieces and capsule collections inspired by the film, which hits theatres on February 16th.
Designers including CHROMAT, Cushnie et Ochs, Fear of God, Ikiré Jones, Laquan Smith, Sophie Theallet, and Tome, who were selected for their dedication to empowerment and individualism through fashion, worked with Marvel Studios to create one-of-a-kind pieces interpreting different characters and themes from the movie, which will be shown the night of the event. The seven bespoke pieces were installed in an immersive, Wakanda-inspired venue that guests were encouraged to explore. Lexus, the Official Automotive Partner of NYFW, will display the LC 500 vehicle that was used during filming of Black Panther as part of the installation.
Following the event, the one-of-a-kind looks were auctioned off via CharityBuzz.com in support of Save the Children, an international humanitarian organization that gives children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Additionally, Black-Panther-inspired capsule collections from Brother Vellies, Douriean Fletcher and Josh Bennett that were also on display at the event, each becoming available for purchase on their respective websites on February 13.
“Black Panther is visually stunning, from the backdrop of Wakanda to the beautiful, intricate costumes, with technology playing an important role throughout. Products and Interactive Media. Each of these designers has taken inspiration from the incredible storytelling, empowering characters and iconic look of the movie, while bringing their own unique aesthetic to the designs.” -Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, Disney Consumer.
Black Panther’s nation of Wakanda may be fictional, but its style is rooted in real history. Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth E. Carter researched and travelled across Africa seeking inspiration and studying patterns, colors, beadwork and silhouettes ensuring that the costuming in the film was not only true to the story but that all of the looks felt fashion-forward as well.
“We wanted to explore and create the afro-future-idyllic concept with Wakanda and make it a world like we have not seen before in cinema.” -Ruth E. Carter