Aug. 6

2:00 PM

(R)epresent! Designing the Black Body

One of the most important elements of constructing cinematic worlds is costume design. It is also one of the most overlooked fields. In this panel we’ll examine the intricacies of designing and styling for moving images, but also exploring special considerations when designing for black actors and for black stories. Leading designers will discuss technique, training, research and general aesthetic approaches to their work.


Derica Cole Washington

From script to screen, emerging costume designer Derica Cole Washington multi-media experience spans film, television, and web series. She has had the privilege of working alongside talented emerging directors and actors to seasoned industry legends. Her recent released work includes costume design for How To Tell You’re A Douchebag a feature film directed by Tahir Jetter. She was Assistant Costume Designer for the highly anticipated Marvel Black Panther film directed by Ryan Coogler. Derica has also served as the Assistant Costume Designer for fan favorite television series: Insecure Season 2 on HBO, Power Season 3 on STARZ and Being Mary Jane Season 3 on BET. Derica previously worked in the costume design department on Ava DuVernay’s Best Picture Oscar-nominated Selma, Don Cheadle’s critically acclaimed Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead and Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. Derica studied at New York University and earned her MA in Visual Culture: Costume Studies and BA in Art History and History. She is based in Brooklyn and Los Angeles and is a member of the Costume Designer’s Guild Local 892 and United Scenic Artist 829.

Kima Baffour

Kima Baffour is an experienced Costume Designer Fully committed to storytelling from an authentic and fresh perspective.  Her work ranges from fantasy to contemporary styling. She began her career in London on a site specific guerrilla Opera based on Gian Carlo Menotti’s – The Consul. Once back in the States, Kima worked as Costume Associate at the historic ,Theater for the New City,  in New York City’s Lower East Side.  As Kima’s career advanced she began to hone her craft, real world problem solving, and design abilities. She began work as a wardrobe technician at Classic Stage Company, Soho Theater, Vineyard Theatre and many other off-Broadway companies. There she worked under some of  New York City’s most influential designers. Kima now works on nationally and internationally recognized features, music videos ,short films, and plays. Most recently Hold On (official selection of Sundance), Phantasmagoria (La Mama), and  the newest season of AfroPop (Pbs). She splits her time between NYC and LA .

Sami Martin Sarmiento

Sami Martin Sarmiento has a library of character and fashion images creating an on-going theater production in her mind.  She was heavily influenced by her mother’s wardrobe (which she constantly reinvented using baste stitching to keep from destroying the clothes) and her father’s collection of hundreds of laser disc and VHS movies.  Sami has worked as a designer and style consultant in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.  She has worked privately for individual clients as well as on commercial, television and music video sets.  She consulted and hosted webisodes featuring fashion trends for SomaGirls.TV in San Francisco and styled the Skin Lingerie spring 2010 runway show for presentation during New York’s Fashion week.  She has styled for the Disney Channel and also was on Shakira’s style team for her red carpet and Grammy performance.  She has also designed modern dance costumes for the Liz Gerring and Todd Williams dance companies. Prior to her West Coast migration, Sami was the founder and designer for EUCLiD, her own New York based lingerie label. She developed the company for seven years, managed sales and marketing and had her designs featured on the cover of Maxim Magazine, consistently in the pages of Lucky Magazine, on a featured segment of SiTV’s “StylEyes”, and in many other national editorial publications. Her collection was sold across the United States, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.  The quality was so impeccable that Parker Posey said “I’m going to frame my [EUCLiD Sumi Bra and Pantie set] in my bathroom”.  Sami debuted her collections during fashion week in New York and Paris using video installations with dancers as a means of expressing her inspiration.

Walé Oyéjidé

Nigerian-American fashion designer and artist Wale Oyéjidé uses textile and apparel design to tell stories about immigrant populations. With his label, Ikiré Jones, Wale brings together African inspired textiles with European tailoring and Renaissance-era art. Wale also uses editorial photography, short films and prose to augment fashion as a means to empower migrants and other individuals from overlooked communities. His designs will appear in Marvel’s upcoming film, “Black Panther.”