The Colors Behind the Look: A Celebration of Fashion, Costume Design & Glam to feature looks from Kevan Hall, Carl Jones, Rodney Epperson, Isaiah Hemingway and Byron Lars of the Black Design Collective

BEVERLY HILLS (FEB 23, 2022) Today the NAACP announced that Academy Award-winning acclaimed costume designer Ruth E. Carter will receive the Vanguard Award for Costume Design at the 53rd NAACP Image Awards Colors Behind the Look: A Celebration of Fashion, Costume Design & Glam event, which will take place Friday, February 25th in Los Angeles.  The event will be hosted by celebrity stylist Gogo Atkins.

“As a trailblazer and icon for innovators and costume designers alike, the NAACP is excited to honor Ruth E. Carter for continuously using her talents to revolutionize and transcend the world of fashion, said Karen Boykin-Towns, Chairman of the NAACP Image Awards and Vice Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors. “As the first Black costume designer to win the Academy Award for Best Costume Design, we commend Ruth for utilizing her platform, as well as the power of visual communication, to share narratives of culture, race, and politics.”

The NAACP will also announce two new competitive categories, Costume Design and Hair and Make-Up, which will be presented at next year’s award show, and will pay tribute to late fashion luminaries Andre Leon Talley and Virgil Abloh.


The invitation-only event will also feature looks by the Black Design Collective, an accomplished group of fashion industry professionals that promote scholarship, mentorship, and entrepreneurship within emerging generations of Black costume and fashion designers.  Featured designers will include BDC co-founder Kevan Hall (The Kevan Hall Collection, former Design and creative director at Halston),  founder of Cross Colours Carl Jones, Rodney Epperson (Epperson), Isaiah Hemingway (Bespoke), Byron Lars (Earnest Collection). Attendees will also have the opportunity to check out the Ruth Carter Costume Exhibit, which will include designs from Black Panther, Coming 2 America, Selma, Lee Daniel’s The Butler, Dolemite is My Name, and Malcolm X, among others.


Carter’s depth of artistry, flowing together with her creative instincts, passion for culture and history, empathy for people, capacity for research, eye for detail, and ability to deliver the director’s vision, while infusing her own signature, makes her one of the most sought after and renowned costume designers in the world.  She is the 2019 Academy Award winner in Costume Design for Marvel’s “BLACK PANTHER,” making history as the first African American to win in the category. Inspired by African tribal wear, Carter fuses traditional and contemporary while incorporating technology to deliver fashion and function, cementing her as one of the preeminent voices and experts on Afro aesthetics. A career spanning more than three decades in theater, cinema, and television, Carter has collaborated with some of the most prolific directors including Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, late John Singleton, Ava DuVernay, and Ryan Coogler.


The Fashion show is being produced by Tod Hallman, THP Fashion Show Production, Inc., with hair by Kim Kimble and make-up by M.A.C. Cosmetics.


The “53rd NAACP Image Awards” are presented by Wells Fargo and sponsored in part by AT&T Humanity of Connection, Google, T-Mobile, Bank of America, Gushers, FedEx, and Airbnb.


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Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.


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NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but separated in 1957 to become a completely separate entity. It is recognized as the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and shares our commitment to equal rights.


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