Eicher & Roach-Higgins (1992) refer to dress as any intentional modification that has been done on the body and/or supplements added to the body. The dress has several synonyms such as clothing, costume, apparel, fashion, appearance, adornment, or ornament. There are two types of dress, namely body modifications and body supplements. Body modifications refer to the temporary or permanent alteration of the body and may include changes to the body shape, body texture, and body appearance. Body supplements, on the other hand, refer to enclosures, hand-held objects, attachments, and attachments to enclosures. The dressing of individuals is determined by their culture, meaning that the latter may help in understanding the former. This paper discusses Nakia’s costume in Black Panther.
The dressing is an intentional modification on an individual’s look, which helps him or her to fit in a given occasion in the best way possible. It may include changes in body shape, such as losing or gaining weight according to personal preference. It may also involve changes in body texture and appearance. The dress is actively influenced by the culture which an individual belongs to. This paper is an analysis of Nakia’s costume in Black Panther, giving a comprehensive analysis of how her dress blended with her role in the movie and whether she was able to fulfill the purpose intended in the movie.
Nakia’s dress in Black Panther
One of the most striking features, when we see Nakia on the screen, is her elegant dress. Its color is noticeable at a glance, and one main question asked is why the green color costume was used. In the scene where she had to go for an undercover mission in a South Korean casino, Nakia has to be specific so that that the real character could be brought out in the movie. She was going to the South Korean Casino as an African princess. She wears a green dress because she is part of the river tribe. She wears a long elegant dress that compliments her beauty. She has to dress in an elegant manner because she is a princess. She is also a fighter, and there are cases where she will need to defend herself or the people she is physical, meaning that her dress should allow her to move freely and fight. Nakia dresses in a beautiful green-ombre garment that has African trends printed using raised ink. The patterns look beautiful and please the audience as they watch the movie. The dress is made using a stretch garment as a way of enhancing Nakia’s movement as she goes from one place to the other and when she is fighting. Almost everything in the dress has been designed to enable Nakia to fight her adversaries. Nakia is also dressed in armbands that are meant to protect her arms in case of aggression. Nakia’s elegant dress also has metallic paint that makes it glow. The main reason for the painting is to enhance beauty and enhance the character of elegance. The dress has a Vibranium lacing that works together with the metallic painting to illuminate. It is, therefore, a worrier dress in disguise. It is important to note that Nakia’s dress has been printed in 3D, which is an important feature of the dress (Black Panther, 2018).
In simple terms, Nakia’s dress was made using the kente cloth and made a line work that created a pattern that was then hand-painted. The dress has boxes that have slashes inside. It is a sexy type of dressing, but it is not so revealing. The other notable thing is the length of Nakia’s dress and the fact that it has exposed the shoulders. It has an extension that gets to her neck. The exposure of the shoulders may have been done to enhance the looks, or it may have been done to enhance Nakia’s flexibility because she is always fighting, and she is expected to fight as she goes to the South Korean Casino. The length of the dress might be a matter of design (Black Panther, 2018).
Nakia also wears and afro-centric hairstyle that blends with her black skin. It is natural and seems to have been beautified using natural ingredients to show the natural African look. It is important to note that the look is fabulous. Nakia also has gold-colored earrings that compliment her looks. Nakia also has a gold-colored clutch bag that acts as an accessory to her dress. She also has black large beaded bangle that blends with the color of the skin and the dress that she has worn in the scene. She is dressed in flat shoes that are aimed at making her movement much easier. Eicher & Roach-Higgins (1992) notes that dress may be referred to as any intentional modification on the body (Black Panther, 2018).
The dressing is an intentional modification on an individual’s look, which helps him or her to fit in a given occasion in the best way possible. The analysis of Nakia in Black Panther shows that dress not only has to cover one’s body but also can be used for other reasons in society. It may be used to portray the culture of the people in society and may show the likes and dislikes that an individual may be having. It is important to consider many factors while dressing, and it is important for the people in society to be sufficiently informed on the importance of dressing.
Black Panther [Video]. (2018). IMDb. https://www.imdb.com/video/vi1816770585?playlistId=tt1825683&ref_=tt_ov_vi
Roach-Higgins, M. E., & Eicher, J. B. (1992). Dress and identity. Clothing and textiles research journal, 10(4), 1-8.