Marci Rodgers (MFA Design '16, Board of Visitors) is the costume designer for Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It"

December 1, 2017

​Congratulations to TDPS alumna and Board of Visitors member, Marci Rodgers ‘16! Marci is the costume designer for Spike Lee’s new Netflix series, “She’s Gotta Have It” -- a “bold reboot” of the 1986 movie. She spoke on the podcast “How I Made It” about her journey from business to styling to costume design, including her time at the University of Maryland in the MFA Design program. In the interview, she credits her mentor Reggie Ray, a costume designer and professor from Howard University, and her mentors at UMD TDPS, Professors Helen Huang and Dan Conway.

When asked how she approached the costume design for “She’s Gotta Have It,” she answered that she asked herself a question that Professor Conway encouraged her to ask: What music would the character listen to? Clothing style informs musical tastes, and vice versa.

Listen to or read the full interview with the “How I Made It” podcast, with host Jazmine Maddox. Also check out the “She’s Gotta Have It” Netflix series on Facebook.

For more information about Marci, visit her website at