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Ruth E. Carter

Ruth E. Carter

Keynote Speaker: Academy Award-Winning Costume Designer; Best Known for Her Work on "Selma" & Marvel's "Black Panther"

Ruth E. Carter Biography

Ruth E. Carter is the 2019 Academy Award winner for Achievement in Costume Design for Marvel’s Black Panther making history as the first African-American to win in the category. Carter wows audiences and dazzles critics alike with costumes inspired by traditional African tribal wear merged with a contemporary look delivering fashion and function, incorporating technology, and creating such authenticity, ownership, and empowerment for the characters and viewers; 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’s depth of artistry flowing together with her creative instincts, passion for culture and history, empathy for people, enormous capacity for research, eye for detail, and ability to deliver the director’s vision while infusing her art makes her one of the most sought after and renowned costume designers in the world; earning her over forty film credits including two additional Academy Award nominations for Malcolm X (1993) and Amistad (1998) and an Emmy nomination for the reboot of television mini-series “Roots” (2016).

Carter has collaborated with a myriad of directors and visionaries starting with Spike Lee in School Daze, and working with him on 14 films including Do The Right Thing, which is archived in the Library of Congress, Malcolm X, Mo Better Blues, and Old Boy. She joined forces with Robert Townsend making the iconic Five Heartbeats, with Keenan Ivory Wayans in I'm Gonna Get You Sucka, and gritty Baby Boy and Rosewood with the late John Singleton. Carter also created the costumes and look for the pilot episode of Larry David’s “Seinfeld.”

Her breath of knowledge in African-American history and art was sought after by Steven Spielberg and Debbie Allen and for the incredible Amistad. Carter continued to present outstanding work for period ensemble films in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Ava Duvernay’s Selma and Reginald Hudlin’s Marshall. Carter recently completed work on the first season of “Yellowstone,” a television series starring Kevin Costner and directed by Taylor Sheridan.

Carter’s brilliant bold 1970s urban dandy costume design work was recently seen in the Netflix film, Dolemite is my Name starring Eddie Murphy and directed by Craig Brewer for which Carter won the 2020 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Costume. She can also be seen in Netflix’s Original Documentary Abstract Season 2.

Her work is also featured in Coming 2 America, starring Eddie Murphy and directed by Craig Brewer, which premiered on Amazon on March 5th, 2021.

Carter is the first Costume Designer to cross over into fashion with a Conscious Collection collaboration with H&M featuring Carter’s 90's street inspired look from early films. Carter’s costumes tell stories so intriguing and memorable they influence music, fashion, culture, and film-making and help us to understand ourselves better.

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Ruth E. Carter Videos

Arts & Humanities Dean's Lecture Series featuring Ruth E. Carter ...
Transporting and Transforming: Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter ...
Ruth E. Carter Commencement Address

How to book Ruth E. Carter?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ruth E. Carter for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ruth E. Carter, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ruth E. Carter or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Ruth E. Carter?

Booking fees for Ruth E. Carter, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ruth E. Carter, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Ruth E. Carter?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ruth E. Carter for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ruth E. Carter for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ruth E. Carter or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ruth E. Carter or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Ruth E. Carter is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Creativity, Design and Black Heritage. The estimated speaking fee range to book Ruth E. Carter for live events is $30,000 - $50,000, and for virtual events $20,000 - $30,000. Ruth E. Carter generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Elaine Welteroth, Nikki Giovanni and Lisa Leslie. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ruth E. Carter for an upcoming event.

Ruth E. Carter Videos

Arts & Humanities Dean's Lecture Series featuring Ruth E. Carter ...
Transporting and Transforming: Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter ...
Ruth E. Carter Commencement Address
Black Panther Special With Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter - Movie Talk
"ROOTS" Costume Designer Ruth Carter Explains Clothes

Ruth E. Carter News

How to book Ruth E. Carter?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ruth E. Carter for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ruth E. Carter, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ruth E. Carter or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Ruth E. Carter?

Booking fees for Ruth E. Carter, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ruth E. Carter, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Ruth E. Carter?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ruth E. Carter for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ruth E. Carter for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ruth E. Carter or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ruth E. Carter or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Ruth E. Carter is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Creativity, Design and Black Heritage. The estimated speaking fee range to book Ruth E. Carter for live events is $30,000 - $50,000, and for virtual events $20,000 - $30,000. Ruth E. Carter generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Elaine Welteroth, Nikki Giovanni and Lisa Leslie. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ruth E. Carter for an upcoming event.

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