Wakanda Style: Black Panther's Positive Impact on Black Culture and Fashion
Black Panther is more than a Marvel movie, it's an inspiration to black culture and fashion. As a 23 year old fashion enthused African American woman, I took note of all the styles presented in the film. Before the release, social media already had memes on what people would wear to the theaters.
Marvel even took it to their Instagram for fans to share their looks using hashtag #WakandaStyle for a chance to be featured on their feed. And of course many fans shared their look totaling to over 3,000 hashtags used. ( Not bad for the opening weekend)
This is very powerful because in the past some African American fashions were frowned upon or laughed at. The release of the film gave out an abundant source of praise on African Fashion from the past. If you joined in on the buzz then you can thank the film's Hollywood custom designer Ruth E. Carter for her creative direction and styling.
As mentioned in several interviews, Carter understood the role that fashion will play on the film. In an interview with The Atlantic, Carter states that she wanted to “show the world the beauty of tribal dress and move that forward in a more modernistic way."
This leaves us asking the question, is African fashion the future of style? To our opinion we will say, most certainly! Let's not forget that American society have taken ques from Black Culture for many years, and now we're taking our crowns back. As fans of the movie as a whole, only time can tell how this groundbreaking film will greatly impact our communities.
Check out some of the #BombandBossy APPROVED looks we spotted over Black Panther's opening weekend. Comment and let us know which look is your favorite. Scroll on...