Douriean Fletcher, specialty jewelry designer for the box office sensation Black Panther, will discuss her remarkable journey in a Design Talk hosted by The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit 48201) at 7 p.m. Friday, June 29.
Handpicked by renowned costume designer Ruth E. Carter to join the costume team of Black Panther, the designer and metalsmith – who designs and retails as Douriean – is having the kind of breakthrough moment most artists can’t begin to fathom. Douriean’s one-of-a-kind jewelry adorns the citizens and royalty of Wakanda. Perhaps most striking is the armor and neckpieces worn by the powerful warrior women of the Dora Milaje.
“Ruth liked what I consider to be an ancient yet futuristic aesthetic and with her understanding of my skill set, creativity, innovation and work ethic, she saw it fit for me to take on such a critical role for this project,” Douriean said to the Los Angeles Sentinel.
Douriean’s designs have also adorned celebrities such as actresses Angela Basset and Oscar winner Lupita Nyongo.
“It’s surreal. I still don’t think I’ve fully processed or fully understand what impact this movie is going to have on people’s lives. So I’m excited,” says Douriean.
Presented by Studio M Detroit, a creative event production organization based in Detroit, this Design Talk will act as a kickoff to future events hosted by the studio, which will include skills-share sessions, working dinners, workshops, lectures, panel discussions, and more.Studio M Detroit strives to make learning about design a fun and enjoyable experience, and will showcase a design that is inspired by Douriean’s work and Wakanda.
The Design Talk, which is free and open to the public at 7 p.m. on June 29, is a collaboration between Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Fiber Works, Studio M Detroit, and MMODD. There will be an afterglow and preview in the rotunda of the museum. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Douriean and purchase items from her Black Panther Collection at Detroit Fiber Works at 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., on June 30. Her line will continued to be carried at the Charles H. Wright Museum’s gift shop in the future.