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Los Angeles-based, African-American artist/jewelry designer Douriean Fletcher made bold, warrior-like jewelry famous in the movie Black Panther, and now she’s extended the relationship into an official license.
Fletcher is also wrapping up the jewelry for Avengers: Infinity War, which includes Infinity Gems and a Dora Collection based off the Dora Milaje, Wakanda’s all-female warrior fighting force.
“It was a very unique experience as it was my first time creating on set and I became the first jewelers to work in the Local 705 Motion Pictures Costumers Union. Of course there were certain pieces that were part of the Black Panther franchise and needed to be made, but I also worked closely with Ruth Carter, the costume designer of the movie. She’d give me the narrative and the storyline and I would create the jewelry around that.”
Fletcher’s work is already very dramatic, and many of her personal items got worked into the movie as well, especially those that fused ancient civilizations with a futuristic sensibility, just like Wakanda. For other instances, she drew on elements from Kenya’s Masai tribes or even post-modern art like Alexander Calder or Art Smith.
Fletcher’s believes through dress and adornment women define their beauty on their own terms, and in doing so authentically express themselves.
“Working with iconic costume designer Ruth Carter and her team on [Black Panther] was a dream come true,” Fletcher said. “Of course, Black Panther is the first superhero of African descent, so I am especially honored to be part of this groundbreaking and exciting venture. I am also humbled by the opportunity to showcase my wearable artwork in this culturally important film event.”