UCLA School of Drama, Film and Television announced today that costume designer Ruth E. Carter (Black Panther) will be the keynote speaker and production designer Hannah Beachler (Black Panther) will deliver remarks welcome to the 19th Annual Design Showcase West (DSW) on Saturday June 5, 2021, which will take place this year in a dynamic virtual format.
Carter made history in 2019 when she became the first African-American costume designer to win the Oscar for Best Costume Design, in recognition of her Afrofuturistic creations in the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther. Carter has over 40 film credits in a career spanning more than three decades and spanning theater, film and television. Among her many accolades, she has already received Oscar nominations for her costume designs in Spike leeby Malcolm X and Steven spielberg‘s Amistad; and an Emmy nomination for the Roots 2016 miniseries reboot. Earlier this year, she was the second costume designer and the first black costume designer to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation and founder of the Mildred Blount Scholarship Fund. Carter received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, and an Honorary Doctorate from Suffolk University in Boston.
Beachler made history when she became the first African American to be nominated and win an Oscar for Best Production Design for her work on Marvel’s Black Panther, directed by longtime collaborator Ryan Coogler. Her other credits include Creed, Moonlight, the 2017 Oscar winner for Best Picture, and Beyoncé’s 2016 visual and television album Lemonade.
On Saturday June 12, Design Showcase West is teaming up with Netflix to host a conversation with costume designers Ellen mirojnick (Bridgerton), Claire Parkinson (The Politician) and Wendy Partridge (Shadow and Bone). The panel will be moderated by the costumer and professor UCLA TFT Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko (American Horror Story).
DSW, also sponsored this year by The Walt disney Company, was created by UCLA TFT and is presented by the UCLA TFT Theater Department. It is the only national entertainment design showcase on the West Coast showcasing the work of graduate students from top university design programs across the country. Exhibits range from costume design to stage, sound, lighting and production design. Studio executives, film and television producers, theater art directors and professional designers attend DSW to meet new rising stars in the industry. The Design Showcase West Student Gallery opened on Friday, May 28, showcasing the work of graduate students from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television; American Institute of Cinema; California Institute of the Arts; California State University at Long Beach; Carnegie Mellon University; Chapman University; New York University; San Diego State University; Southern Methodist University; University of California Irvine; University of Georgia; University of Missouri-Kansas City; University of North Carolina School of the Arts; University of Texas at Austin and University of Washington.
Recent guest speakers at DSW have included the production designer Mark Worthington (WandaVision) in 2019; costume designer Paul Tazewell (Hamilton) in 2018; decorator Deborah Riley (Game of Thrones) in 2017; director Quentin Tarantino (Once upon a time … in Hollywood) in 2016; producer Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory) in 2015; and costume designer Ellen mirojnick (Bridgerton) in 2014.