Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..L to R: Okoye (Danai Gurira), Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o), and Ayo (Florence Kasumba)..Ph: Matt Kennedy..©Marvel Studios 2018

Marvel Studios has often been recognized for the visual effects in their movies, but not for costume design. The Academy and other awards-giving bodies don’t give much love to bringing comic book superheroes to the big screen, but they will not be able to ignore Black Panther in 2018. The film isn’t even out yet, but fans and pundits have been praising its costumes for months.

The Hollywood Reporter has a great profile on costume designer Ruth Carter (AmistadSelma) and her work on the film. Carter and her team drew inspiration from broad range of locations to dream up “700 costumes fusing futurism, indigenous dress and high fashion.” The depth of their research and creativity certainly shows in the footage we have seen thus far.

In the article, Carter discusses the costumes for Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje, and Ramonda (Angela Bassett).

Nakia: “It’s not only nailing one character, it’s nailing several in one person. Ruth, Ryan and I wanted Nakia to look both elevated and grounded in her work as a spy and each costume reflects those things. Neither aesthetic nor utility were compromised.”

Okoye and the Dora Milaje: “For the Dora Milaje, I wanted to see Ndebele neck rings in real life and how heavy they were.” (rubber versions of the neck rings were used for safety during filming).

Ramonda: “I had video of [Winnie Mandela] arriving at a birthday party in South Africa wearing a traditional Zulu woman’s ceremonial costume and headdress that was just beautiful.”

The article, which you can and should read in full here, also provides a new image of Ramonda and concept art of Okoye and Nakia, as designed by Marvel Studios concept artist Anthony Francisco.

Black Panther is in theaters February 16.