Costume Designer Ruth Carter on Scenes From 'Sparkle'
“Those dresses were inspired by pink baby doll dresses that were longer than the
“Those dresses were inspired by pink baby doll dresses that were longer than the dresses that The Supremes wore – they were longer and they were pink. And because I was doing the late 60s I was able to shorten the hemline,” Carter explains.
“The beading I took from an actual beaded dress that I found in a thrift store that had beautiful canary and silver beads all over, and in the picture you see Tika Sumpter she’s wearing the top of that vintage dress I found. We added the silk chiffon and the bow like The Supremes were seen in. Jordin is wearing the middle part of that beaded dress, that I put on the top of her dress and we added the same silk chiffon to it. Carmen is wearing what they call fish scale sequins – or larger sequins than normal. The inspiration came from a fashion model named Donyale Luna, big in the 60s. You’ll see her wearing that dress, and when I saw that picture of her I knew I had to duplicate that dress in some way for Carmen.”