Cosmic Fashion with Moon Boots and P-Bot

Episode: Black Panther vs. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Even in the depths of space, everything… so far comes from an idea on earth. Sci-fi film is a reflection of how we imagine the future and is a tool to question where we are going. Costume design is crucial to world-building foreign landscapes and to creating the immersive film experience. Sci-fi costume must be alien enough to transport us but familiar enough to keep us grounded in what we already understand. 

That is why we are on a mission to dissect the good, the bad, and the ugly of imaginary worlds created through costume design and examine how traditional dress, stereotyping, and cultural appropriation is used in storytelling.

Round 1:


Round 2:



Lightning Round:

Moon Boots picks:












P-Bot Picks:











Check out these video for more information on Black Panther vs. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets:

Black Panther Trailer: 

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets trailer:

Black Panther costume video:

Valerian Production and Costume discussion (French):







Besson, L. & Besson-Silla, V. (Producer), & Besson, L. (Director). (Jul. 17, 2017). Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets [Motion picture]. France: EuropaCorp Distribution & STXfilms.

Buchanan, K. (Feb. 23, 2018). Black Panther’s Costume Designer on 8 of the Film’s Iconic Looks. Vulture. Retrieved from

Chutel, L. & Kazeem, Y. (Feb. 19, 2018). Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ is a broad mix of African cultures—here are some of them. Quartz Africa. Retrieved from

Exclaim! Staff. (Jul. 7, 2017). Five Noteworthy Facts You May Not Know About ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’. Exclaim!. Retrieved from

Feige, K. (Producer), Cooler, R. (Director). (Jan. 29, 2018). Black Panther [Motion picture]. United States: Marvel Studios.

Flint, H. (Mar. 27, 2016). There’s something really annoying about Cara Delevingne’s costume in Luc Besson’s Valerian. Metro. Retrieved from

Gruttadaro , A. (Feb. 15, 2018). ‘Black Panther’ Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter Discusses Wakandan Style and $5,000 Denim Shearlings. The Ringer. Retrieved from

Livingstone, J. (Jul. 13, 2017). The Gorgeous Stupidity of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The New Republic. Retrieved from

Lutes, A. (Feb. 14, 2018). Black Panther’s Costume designer Ruth Carter on Inspirations, Ava Duvernay, and More. Nerdist. Retrieved from

Marfil, L. (Jul. 31, 2017). ‘Valerian’ and a thousand costumes? That’s what it seemed like to costume designer Olivier Bériot. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from

Racked Video. (Producer). (Feb 9, 2018).  ‘Black Panther’ Costumes Are Peak Afrofuturism. Racked. Video Retrieved from

Rubin, M. & Concepcion, J. (Feb. 22, 2018). Power and Responsibility in ’Black Panther’. Binge Mode Podcast. Podcast retrieved from

Sanders, J. (Mar. 21, 2018). In “Black Panther,” the Villain’s Clothing Makes Him its Most Relatable Character. Garage by Vice. Retrieved from

Shulman, R. (Feb. 22, 2018). Gallery: Ruth Carter’s incredible costume designs for Black Panther. MetroWeekly. Retrieved from

Source Fed Nerd. (Producer). (Nov. 10, 2016). What is Valerian and Why it’s the MOST Important Sci-fi Movie You NEED to Watch!. Source Fed Nerd. Video retrieved from


Music and Sound Effects provided by Sound Effects Plus & Zapsplat:

Fireheart – by The Longest Short End

UFO files – by Zapsplat

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