Ruth E. Carter knows a thing or two about the tedious process of sifting through vintage and second-hand clothing to put her signature to projects like “Malcolm X,” “Amistad,” and “Black Panther.” “It would involve me traveling to flea markets, tiny vintage stores, collectors’ attics and basements around the world, looking for interesting ways to express the period,” says the Oscar-winning costume designer, who has now a new resource at your fingertips. through the Thrilling online marketplace.
Through the site’s newly launched Thrilling Studio Services program, costume designers and stylists have easy access to over 1,000 stores (95% of which are women’s and/or POC-owned, as does Thrilling ) and a dedicated team that will browse the independent shops. in 200 cities to present unique pieces to rent or buy.
“Hollywood spends almost a billion dollars on new clothes for its projects each year, mainly because producers and distributors of new clothes make it extremely easy to access. So creating the first vintage/used Studio Services program was a no-brainer,” says Shrilling CEO and co-founder Shilla Kim-Parker, formerly chief of staff at ABC News and Disney/ABC Television Group, who also touts respect for the ‘environment. look of the site and the importance of supporting small businesses.
Carter – who has already committed to using the program in her 2022 projects – has been cast as the first Thrilling brand ambassador. The program kicks off with a campaign featuring the costume designer in looks inspired by more than 40 film projects spanning her career.
“Thrilling will now have a place on my desk,” Carter says. “I’ll be checking their site regularly as the more unique pieces will go fast.” shopthrilling.com