Logan Browning as Sam White. Photo: Adam Rose/Netflix

Logan Browning as Sam White. Photo: Adam Rose/Netflix

Turn the volume down during any scene of the hit Netflix series “Dear White People” and you’ll notice that the clothing tells a story about each character: Reggie (Marque Richardson)’s militancy is reflected in his leather, high-collared jacket; Coco (Antoinette Robertson)’s faux Louboutin heels are a nod to her desire to be a part of the upper echelon. The clothing matters just as much as the compelling plot of the 10-episode series that opens with a blackface party on a college campus and touches upon the hot-button issues of Black Lives Matter, police brutality, interracial dating and colorism throughout.

Costume designer Ceci (who professionally opts to go by her first name) was met with a unique task in dressing each of the lead characters — as well as the extras — to reflect which side of the movement they were on. She designed a “Formation”-esque outfit for Coco to go as Beyoncé to the blackface party; she printed graphic T-shirts for Joelle (Ashley Blaine Featherson) to wear in an effort to reflect her carefree black-girl look; and she frequented thrift stores in order to mix vintage pieces with modern ones to help bring Sam to life and signal the dichotomy of her character — her militancy and her softer edge.

“I really credit Justin [Simien] with the brilliance of writing,” Ceci says of the creator behind both the television series and the 2014 film of the same name. “And the fact that black people aren’t just this one group. We’re diverse. We’re eclectic. We’re militant. We’re conservative.”