'The Butler' Costumer on Dressing Oprah, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan and Minka Kelly as Jackie O.

'The Butler' Costumer on Dressing Oprah, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan and Minka Kelly as Jackie O.
This story first appeared in the Aug. 23 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. As costume designer for The Weinstein Co.'s Lee Daniels' The Butler, due out Aug. 16, Ruth Carter had the daunting task of suiting up four decades of famous political players, civil rights leaders and U.S. presidents. The two-time Oscar-nominated designer (Amistad, Malcolm X) insists, however, that her biggest challenge on the film -- which is based on a real-life African-American White House butler, Eugene Allen, who served eight presidents from 1952 to 1987 -- was re-creating the iconic styles of first

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