In celebration of the upcoming Black Panther film, Marvel has hired L.A.-based jewelry designer Douriean Fletcher to create some wearable pieces. She has even worked with well-established costume designer Ruth E. Carter on the wardrobes for Black Panther, filling the role of Specialty Jewelery Costumer. Fletcher has also broken new ground, becoming the first Jeweler in the Motion Picture Costumer Union, Local 705.
The film will be bringing moviegoers into the life of T’Challa, King of Wakanda, after his debut stand-out appearance in Captain America: Civil War. The costumes for the fictional African nation are in good hands since Fletcher had previously worked as an aspiring artist in Tanzania and all over South Africa to achieve her unique gift of expression. Her work has recently been featured on the cover of Vogue, as shown in the Instagram post below.
Production designer for the film, Hannah Beachler, had even taken it upon herself to run an expedition through parts of Africa to research what themes would be needed for an authentic Wakandan feel. The result was a colorful collage of her journey on the cover of Empire.