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Marvel Studios to host Black Panther runway show

Wakanda comes to NYFW

Marvel Studios is releasing a Black Panther themed collection during New York Fashion Week.

If seeing all of the dreamy looks on the royal purple carpet of the Black Panther premiere wasn’t enough, there is even more African inspired high-fashion coming your way.

On February 12, the studio will put on a fashion show with garments inspired by the film’s costumes and ensembles called ‘Black Panther: Welcome to Wakanda.’

Several designers including Chromat, Cushnie et Ochs, Fear of God, Laquan Smith, Sophie Theallet and Ikiré Jones have collaborated together to create the collection which will reflect African culture as well as the individual characters’ style.

Black Panther takes place in the fictional African country of Wakanda, but although Wakanda is fake, the tribal costumes and nation’s history are all authentic. Costume designer, Ruth E. Carter, traveled across Africa searching for inspiration for the film, studying patterns, colors, and beadwork. Carter said,

“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.”

Lexus, the Official Automotive Partner of New York Fashion Week, will display the LC 500 vehicle which was used during the filming of Black Panther, inside the venue. The fashion show will consist of seven unique, one-of-a-kind looks which will each be auctioned off on in support of Save the Children, a charity dedicated to giving children a healthy start in life.

Designers Brother Vellies, Douriean Fletcher, and Josh Bennett will display their own Blank Panther-inspired capsule collections which will be available to purchase on February 13. Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, said,

“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.”

Marvel Studios’ unique and innovative idea to bring Black Panther to New York Fashion Week will definitely garner even more interest in the upcoming film, and provide attendees with stunning portrayals of African culture and fashion. Their thoughtful attention to diverse designers to incorporate in this project adds to the significance of what will be a memorable event in movie and fashion history.


Watch:  Behind The Scenes of the Black Panther Premiere


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