>> Bold ankara prints and futuristic accessories took center stage as Marvel Studios transformed New York fashion week into Wakanda, the fictional African nation of its soon to be blockbuster movie, Black Panther. There was no catwalk here. Instead, models mingled with guests, wearing designs inspired by the film's afrocentric costumes like jewelry designer Dorian Fletcher, whose pieces are in the film.
>> The fashion, the style, the innovation, the creativity, the color. Especially for a Marvel movie, it's very unique, it's very different. Ruth Carter did an amazing job, and I feel like she pushed the envelope when it comes to fashion and how Africanism or Africans are presented.>> Inspired by African tribes and adding a fururistic twist, Ruth Carter took the reigns in creating the costumes for the movie which features a predominantly black cast.
>> Afropunk has led the way in some respects. It's a political statement about where are right now and why shouldn't fashion make a political statement?>> The presentation is the first of its kind for Disney which owns Marvel. Though its done high end collaborations before, this is Disney's first foray into New York fashion week.
The stars aren't the only ones sporting the stylish garb, fans say they also plan to show up to the theaters dressed like they're citizens of Wakanda when the movie opens on Friday