Part 1 of this post is one of my most successful blog post ever! I've finally found a moment to finish part 2. I do get frustrated by the lack of imagination some editors take when they create these TOP this or BEST of list that exclude African Americans, especially in film. Nevertheless blind eyes are now open and hopefully they'll do "the education" and take a weekend to experience these films starring African Americans which showcase amazing costume design on top of fine acting.
If you missed Part 1 of this piece click here to check it out!
6. The Wiz – Fantasy & Drama
The wardrobe and make-up team did a great job styling the main cast, but it was the cast in the partying all up and through Emerald City where the film really shines for me!
SN: one summer I visited the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, NYC. They house a lot of memorabilia from The Wiz. Including miniature characters and costumes. This movie had everyone from Lena Horne to Geoffrey Holder.
Fun Fact: Norma Kamali designed the costumes for the Emerald City sequences in The Wiz
7. Mo Better Blues – Bold & Clean: 1 "musician" caught in a love triangle with 2 bold women.
8. Harlem Nights – Pomp and Pageantry
Eddie Murphy is one of my favorite comedians and film-makers. I honestly don't think he gets the credit he deserves. Murphy never cut corners when it came to creating and executing his films. He spared no expense. Its evident in the films final outcome and especially in the styling of the costumes his characters wore.
9. Eve's Bayou – Elegant & Regal, Louisiana 1960's
10. She's Gotta Have It – 1 woman, 3 lovers = Minimalist Man-eater
I love this film because the clothes, especially Nola's are clean and simple. Delicate touches like earrings, watches and belts add dimension to an otherwise minimal, hipsters' wardrobe.
Honorable mention to some of my others faves that didn't make the cut like Lady Sings the Blues, starring Diana Ross and Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice.