Bernard and Shirley Kinsey with Ruth E. Carter

by Contributing Writer, Stephanie Cherry

When you think of costume design you only think of one person, Ruth E. Carter. The Black Design Collective honored the divine and talented Oscar Award winning fashion costume designer Ruth E. Carter. The event was held on Saturday, April 13 at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) Museum & Galleries in Downtown LA.

Malcolm X movie Ruth Carter is a Hollywood icon with over 35 years in the fashion industry. Ruth embodies strength and courage in  an industry that when she began her career not many costume designers looked like her. Carter has created many of the detailed futuristic fashion looks for our favorite movies and hit TV shows such as Selma, Malcolm X, Sparkle, and Being Mary Jane to name a few.

Ruth is most known for her costume design in Ryan Coogler’s worldwide hit movie, “Black Panther” in which she won the 2019 Oscar for best achievement in costume design.

The FIDM museum costume exhibition is where the legendary Ruth E. Carter’s work has been on display, “Heroes and Sheroes, The Art and Influence of Ruth E. Carter in Black Cinema.


Stephanie Cherry with Beverly Johnson The event presented by the Black Design Collective at the FIDM Museum was an incredible experience for emerging designers. It was an honor that I was able to witness an amazing moment in Black History. In attendance were familiar faces such as Ms. Tina Knowles, Gabrielle Union, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ms. Beverly Johnson, Loretta Divine and so many more celebrities and influential entertainers. My special moment was being able to talk with supeEmodel and actress Beverly Johnson of whom I had the opportunity to hear give a keynote presentation at the Exceptional Women of Color Conference in October 2016.

Ruth E. Carter is empowering and encouraging to the youth to pursue their dreams.

THANK YOU to my instructor at Stitches Technology Designing for Success Academy, Clotee McAfee who is the President of Stitches Technology and Business Career Centers. Clotee extended the private invitation for her students to attend the Black Designers Collective as an assignment and I’M SO GLAD I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY to be apart of a legendary event!

CLICK HERE to read more about the special tribute to Ruth E. Carter.


Stephanie Cherry - CEO of RIPDStephanie Cherry is a fashion designer and entrepreneur who is a California native from East Palo Alto, growing up in Sacramento and now living in Los Angeles. Stephanie is the Founder of RIP’D Collection – a one of a kind denim brand inspired by the ’90s fashion that encourages creative individuals to remain fearless and become the best versions of themselves. She distributes throughout Southern California at local pop up shops, festivals, and special events and also has an online store. Contact Stephanie at:

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