As much as the upcoming ‘Roots’ reboot is about powerful imagery and a message that’s more neccessary now than ever, it’s also about bringing history to life. A New Class of African Designers Are On the Rise And We Love it Academy Award nominated costume designer Ruth Carter, who has worked on iconic films like Malcom X, Amistad and The Butler, is lending her expertise to the film in the form of a painstakingly detailed and telling wardrobe for the cast. Actress Aunjanue Ellis Sends Powerful Message About Mississippi Flag on Red Carpet While sharing history lessons, like the fact that most slaves often got only one outfit per year, Carter not only offers a look into what the women of yesteryear wore, but what day-to-day life was like for them. This New Lingerie Line Offers Your Perfect Shade of Nude Get a behind the scenes look at her designs and the story behind them in the clip above. WANT MORE FROM ESSENCE? Subscribe to our daily newsletter for the latest in hair, beauty, style and celebrity news.