‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Costume Designer on Recreating Iconic Black Panther Party Outfits (Exclusive)

Amid the social reckoning on racial injustice in our country, Judas and the Black Messiah is a film that couldn’t have come at a more profound time. 

The biographical drama, directed by Shaka King, tells the true story of FBI informant William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) who infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), leading to the police raid and killing of Hampton in 1969 when he was just 21. 

Costume designer Charlese Antoinette Jones recreated the historical uniform of the Black Panther Party in the late ’60s, such as incorporating the iconic beret.

ET spoke with Jones on her research process and the impact of her work in the film, set to release in theaters and available to stream on HBO Max on Feb. 12.

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