HAMPTON, Va. (December 19, 2019) – Two Hampton University alumnae, Ruth Carter and Shiona Turini, are nominated for Excellence in Costume Design in their respective film categories by the Costume Designers Guild Awards. Carter has been nominated in Excellence in Period Film for “Dolemite is My Name,” and Turini for Excellence in Contemporary Film for “Queen & Slim.”
“Congratulations to these two extraordinary women who continue to make amazing strides in Hollywood. We are proud to call them Hampton alumnae,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
Carter has truly had an electrifying year. She won the Oscar in the Best Costume Design Carter won the Oscar in the Best Costume Design category for her work in the 2018 film, “Marvel’s Black Panther,” at the 91st Academy Awards in February. Carter’s win made her the first African-American to win in the Costume Design category and it was the first ever Oscar for Marvel Studios. It was announced in June that Carter will be receiving her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Now, she has been nominated for a Costume Designer Guild Award for her work on “Dolemite is My Name.”
Carter, a 1982 graduate of Hampton University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, majored in Theatre Arts and has worked in the entertainment industry for over three decades. Carter is known for her research and diligence to the craft, specifically for her outstanding work in period ensemble films like “The Butler,” “Selma,” “Roots,” Marvel’s “Black Panther,” and most recently “Dolemite is My Name.”
Turini is a consultant, celebrity stylist and costume designer. She is a 2003 graduate of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications and has made a huge impact in the world of fashion. After years in fashion editorial, Turini launched a freelance career focusing on editorial and commercial styling, music videos and red carpet. She collaborated with Solange Knowles on her stunning visual projects, ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ and ‘Cranes in the Sky’ and also served as a stylist on Beyone’s ‘Formation’ music video. Most recently, Turini served as the Costume Designer for the movie, “Queen & Slim.”
“It was really important to highlight black designers. That was a huge focus for us: the Sean John tracksuits, the Dapper Dan tracksuits, the black jewelry designers, the black-designed bodysuits. It was about supporting that culture and community to parallel the environment that [the characters] step into,” Turini said in an interview with CR Fashion Book.