MADE Magazine Global Impact Issue - Page 26

BEAUTY BEHIND THE BUSINESS: marci rodgers MADE BY JASMINE BROWLEY In conversation with She’s Gotta Have It costume designer Marci Rodgers From creating the looks for the stars of Broadway stage play, Holler If Ya’ Hear Me to dressing the entire cast of Spike Lee’s 2015 movie, Chiraq, Marci Rodgers knows her way around a wardrobe. Now she’s responsible for bringing the characters of Spike’s new Netflix series, She’s Gotta Have It, to life. She recently spoke with How I MADE It host, Jasmine Browley to share her journey from being a student at Howard University to head costume designer for some of the biggest productions in Hollywood. Check out some of the highlights from their conversation: ON HOW SHE REALIZED THAT SHE WANTED TO BE A COSTUME DESIGNER AFTER OBTAINING A DEGREES IN BUSINESS I would always be the go-to for styling advice in my friend group. You know, the one that would have the final say on whether my girlfriends would wear a certain outfit out, so everyone knew I had a natural affinity for costumery. I didn’t actively pursue it until after I graduated with an MBA. It may sound strange but I had no reservations. I knew this was what I was meant to do so I decided to go back and get another master’s degree in costume design. ON HOW LEGENDARY COSTUME DESIGNER, REGGIE RAY BECAME HER MENTOR He was actually a really beloved costume design professor at Howard University while I was pursuing my second masters at the University | 26