Wakanda Forever

Black Panther

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I love comics and anime. After all, I had a comic book themed wedding. When the Black Panther was first announced, I was so hype. The one reason I wanted to see Captain America: Civil War, was because Black Panther was going to be in it and the new spiderman. In the comic book world, we knew Black Panther was going to have his own movie coming out soon and I couldn’t wait.

Being a DC Comic kinda girl, I never knew the Black Panther story. I knew he was married to Storm and they had a child together. He was a King and he was black. That was enough for me to fall in love.

When the release date was announced for the Black Panther, I was hella hype. A Black History Month release date.

WHAT?!

That made this movie even more dope for me and I couldn’t wait to see it.

Of course, the internet began to joke about how black people would show up at the movie theater and they were not wrong. My friends and I joked about how we would dress up like we’re going to a black tie gala but we were also serious. 

It wasn’t about the movie anymore, It was what the movie represented. It was Black History Month and we were going to see a movie about a Black King.

For me, it was both. It was about the comic book aspect and it was about being black and seeing how great black people once were, can be and how this movie unity many people in a different way.

Everyone thought I was joking when I said I would show up to the movie theater in an all black gown. Nope! And my close friends knew I was serious because, I am who I am.

At first I was going to purchase the dress but I wanted this dress to have a story.

I learned how to sew at a young age and as I got older, I would always make clothing for myself or friends. I actually had a sewing business, where I made decorative pillows and sold them but, I fell in love with planning events and modeling and put the machine up.

Even so every now and then, I would still make something for myself or my husband.

I wanted a black tutu dress, It had to be long and it had to have lace on it. But somewhere on it needed to also represent the love I have for comic book.

I ordered the tulle fabric and elastic on Amazon.com and started the creative process.

I haven’t used my machine in so long and I was worried this wasn’t going to look good.

It took me 6 hours to make my outfit but I didn’t like it. I needed one critical machine and I didn’t have it. I needed to go back to the drawing board and figure out how I was going to make this work.

On Tuesday, two nights before the Black Panther release, I ripped everything a part and started over again. It was a lot easier the second time around. I had a clear vision of what I wanted my dress to look like and how to proceed.

Fours hours later, my Black Panther Gown was complete.

End result…

Trudean Haye

The waist area is made with leftover comic book fabric I had from our wedding.

On Thursday night, we went and saw the Black Panther movie and it was everything I could’ve imagined it to be. I enjoyed the message the movie brought. The cast were amazing and the designer did a great job with everyone’s outfit.

Wakanda Forever.

Did you watch it? What are your thoughts?

Update 2/18/18 

Babe and I just had an interesting conversation about what the black panther movie meant to us... it's so much more than a comic book movie for me. When T'Challa's dad said "Stand up, you are a KING" I got chills. I was born and raised in a country with a culture. I grew up with a culture. I am not African American. I am JAMAICAN. I am black. I am an immigrant.

Being in America, I've learned so much about this country's history and black history. I'm an outsider looking in, I observe my surrounding and try to understand how black Americans view things.

I've come to recognize and understand the fear of being black in America. Not just black but an black immigrant.

I see many broken people within the black community and my heart breaks whenever I see them hurting and can't find peace.

I see the self hate. The broken homes. Broken spirit. And all I wanna do is help.

The Black Panther movie was more than just a comic book movie for me. It represented black people and half the problem black people face on a daily basis.

Loyalty. Trust. Love. Peace. Forgiveness. What it means to be a leader.

This movie is more than just a comic book movie for me.

 

Trudean Haye
Makeup By Megan Knight
Trudean Haye

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