Vixen Chat: Ruth E. Carter, The Queen of Costume Design


What direction were you given by Lee Daniels, in terms of the costumes?
“Truth, authenticity, always.” I enjoyed working with Lee Daniels immensely. I’m very excited and a little nervous to see [the film].

Was it difficult to create costumes for so many decades?
I’ve done that before a few times (laughs). I treat each decade as its own mini-movie: eight decades, eight mini-movies.

Has anyone ever asked you to deliver the insane or nearly impossible?
All the time. But, that’s my job.

Is there any period, style-wise, that particularly makes you smile?
The 80s! The shoulder pads, the asymmetrical haircuts. That was my time! I look at pictures and wonder “what was I thinking?”