Black Panther : Wakanda Forever!

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WAKANDA FOREVER! I had the pleasure of seeing this masterpiece last weekend, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it!  As mentioned before, I’m a total Marvel girl, and I was super excited to see Wakanda come to life!  I was unable to get a babysitter for opening night, but both my mother and brother both saw it (not at the same time and in two different states no less) and called with rave reviews.  I only have one Black Panther comic book, and it is the one where T’Challa marries Storm (lol Spoiler Alert I suppose), and I don’t know much about the characters in the saga but knew about vibranium and Wakanda.  I was BLOWN AWAY by this movie.  There were so many twists and turns, I was in awe of the colors and the magnificent costumes, and all of the characters were two-dimensional and awesome!  General Okoye was my absolute favorite followed by Shuri.  As I was watching, I knew I had to make a pattern.  Also, Killmonger is the second best villain of all time in my opinion, behind Magneto (also another tragic villain named Eric).

Then once I sat down to get started, I had to decide which costumes to choose from!  There were so many!  I’m a huge “girl power” fan, so I really wanted to showcase this bad-ass chicks killing it and taking names!  I found a lot of awesome articles about the costumes and meanings (links below) behind the different colors/nations represented, and I wanted to accurately create these characters.  Ramonda’s costume was hard to choose because I really loved the coronation white outfit along with the blue outfit on the mountain.  I tried to add hidden triangles throughout the pattern based on an article I read about sacred geometry of Africa.  I wanted each character to be recognizable based on their color scheme, and I It was so much fun!  I do think it is funny that Black Panther’s costume is the most basic looking on the pattern since everyone else is so colorful and intricate.

I’ve highlighted: Ulysses Klaue, M’Kabi, General Okoye, Nakia, Black Panther, Erick Killmonger, Shuri, Ramonda, Zuri, and M’Baku!  (I ran out of room for CIA Agent Everett Ross)

I’ve got to see the movie again!  Shout-out to my friends Mike and Ashley for their amazing help!

And I just bought the soundtrack — this music is fire!

Here’s a link to my Black Panther pattern on etsy!

 

If you want to read some awesome articles about the costumes from Black Panther, look here!

“Why does Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia only wear shades of green in Black Panther?” by Entertainment Weekly

“The vision behind ‘Black Panther’s’ stunning look: ‘Feminine, masculine, beautiful and strong.’” by The Washington Post

Black Panther Costume Designer Ruth Carter “I was Under A Lot of Pressure to Not Create a Stereotype” by Glamour Magazine

“‘Black Panther’ Costume Designer Draws on ‘The Sacred Geometry of Africa'”by NPR

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