'Black Panther' carpet: This is 'royal attire'
The invitation for the Black Panther world premiere in Hollywood had an unusual dress code. It read: "Royal attire requested."
How was that request granted on Monday night?
With vibrant hues, bold patterns and outfits inspired by traditional African clothing. After all, the event at Dolby Theatre was celebrating Black Panther, a film starring Chadwick Boseman as a black superhero who becomes king of his high-tech African nation called Wakanda.
"I was hoping for this," costume designer Ruth E. Carter, who created the part-futuristic, part-traditional outfits for Black Panther said on the purple carpet. "All of the award shows I was watching on TV, I was like, ‘Oh, you wait until Black Panther’ red carpet rolls around. It's a celebration," and a far cry from the carpet blackout at the Golden Globes two weeks ago.
Black Panther stars Lupita Nyong'o and Angela Bassett paired their bright ensembles with prominent gold accessories. Actors Mike Colter and David Oyelowo were among the guests wearing colorful dashikis.
"How best to get the party started than to, on premiere night, have the cast, have the crew, have the directors and everybody participate in this explosion of patterns and African prints?" Carter said. "Everyone can join in the fun!"
Join in the fun, Twitter did, calling the ensembles everything from "glorious" and "awesome," to "dope" and "unapologetically black," all in a reply to this tweet about the premiere fashion.
Some fans didn't have words to articulate their excitement over the carpet clothes, so they relied on GIFs.
Black Panther and its many eye-popping onscreen outfits hits theaters Feb. 16