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Gabrielle Union, Tina Knowles & More Honor Designer and Influencer Ruth E Carter!

Celebs and influencers gathered together in Los Angeles to honor the extremely talented Ruth E. Carter for her incredible design talents.

Ruth E. Carter is a phenomenal costume designer who won an Oscar for best costume design for her work in Black Panther. Now Carter and her colleagues of the Black Design Collective are determined to create an environment in which up-and-coming black designers will receive the opportunity and recognition they deserve.


AT&T Dream In Black partnered with the Black Designer Collective to honor Ruth E. Carter for her accomplishments, for an inspirational and uplifting evening of celebration and encouragement for the next generation of fashion and costume designers to fearlessly pursue their dreams.

“I wanted to be able to tell your stories, to tell my stories, to tell the stories of my ancestors. I wasn’t so focused on blazing every path. I was just trying to blaze my path,” Carter told the crowd while accepting her honor during the BDC’s 1st annual scholarship tribute at FIDM. “[But] I didn’t have those mentors that you see here today with the Black Design Collective.”

The Black Design Collective is led by fashion designers Kevan Hall, Angela Dean, TJ Walker, and Ruth E. Carter whose combined star clientele includes Oprah, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and Madonna, to name a few.

Gabrielle Union-Wade and Beyonce’s mother Tina Knowles-Lawson were in attendance to celebrate Ruth E. Carter.  “We talk a big game about mentorship and putting people on, but are we really doing it?” Union-Wade said in her speech, she has worked with Carter on a number of projects and specifically recalled their collaboration on Being Mary Jane, which ultimately led to Union’s line at New York & Company. “Every fitting I’ve ever had with Ruth was in her home. She welcomes us in. She makes us feel protected. She literally gives us wings so we can all fly,” Union-Wade continued. “She made Mary Jane a fashion icon. That wasn’t me.”

The evening’s event will also mark the launch of a new partnership with the event’s title sponsor, AT&T and their Believe Los Angeles initiative, “a grassroots employee-driven campaign committed to supporting workforce development, career readiness programs, with a special emphasis on digital media and entertainment employment opportunities for underserved students in Los Angeles, especially diverse millennials.” Together with AT&T Dream in Black, they’ll continue to celebrate those that pursue their dreams without limitations.

The Black Design Collective has also established a scholarship fund to help young designers access higher education to excel in their creative fields of choice.

Check out our IG Stories for a sneak peek of the event!

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