Costumes are a television show essential. Without them, a show is rendered completely unbelievable, but with them they catapult our imaginations to a particular time and place, leaving behind a legacy in the process.
Whether it’s Villanelle’s pink dress in Killing Eve or Ugly Betty’s poncho, there’s usually always more than meets the eye and a whole world of tiny details that escape unnoticed.
Each week Back Into The Closet will deliver an exclusive look into the wardrobes of some of the world’s leading series to bring you all the costume secrets and niceties we might have missed.
Last time we caught up Black Monday costume designer Melissa Bruning, but today we’re delving through all the looks that grace The Handmaid’s Tale thanks to Natalie Bronfman.
The wings are all made by hand and take nine hours to make
Each handmaid wears a white wing over the top of a white caplet.
The wings are all made by hand and it takes an incredible nine hours to put just one together.
‘The wings that block their vision, those are all the same,’ Natalie told us. ‘The wings don’t survive any type or rain or moisture whatsoever.
‘We have to handle them with latex gloves when we put them on.’
Recalling a moment that would make any of us want to burst into tears, Natalie remembered: ‘We were shooting on the bridge and the wind was so strong that some of them fell off and went flying into the river.’
Each handmaid has probably gone through about 10 wings because they’re not washable and impossible to keep clean.
The handmaids’ sweaters are all different
Throughout the series, the handmaid’s are forced to wear identical red gowns and white wings, stripping them of all sense of individuality.
The only freedom through fashion they get comes through the jumpers they are handed when they first arrive at the Red Centre.
‘If you pay attention to when the girls are not wearing the capes, each and every handmaid has a different sweater unlike any other,’ Natalie let loose.
‘When they arrived at the Red Centre they were just handed something to keep them warm and it happened to be a different sweater for each one of them.’
The widows’ purple dresses have a much deeper meaning
Season three sees the widows dress in purple tones which has a much deeper meaning than meets the eye.
‘The widows are predominately in black because they’re in mourning, but I’ve also put them in purple, which also reads as black.
‘There are a few reasons why I chose that colour; it’s a regal noble colour and it also the same colour of the Purple Heart.’
In the United States the Purple Heart is a military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving.
‘The Purple Heart imagery is poignant because they’ve lost their husbands but they have to continue living in this society where they’ve lost their agency.
‘It’s a wounded heart. Really, what purpose do these women have now? Do they return to the colonies or do we keep them?’
Kylie Jenner’s Handmaid’s Tale themed party ‘wasn’t thought through’
Kylie Jenner through a Handmaid’s Tale themed bash last month and got party goers to wear the iconic red gown.
Unsurprisingly there was a lot of backlash and Natalie has responded too.
‘Clearly that wasn’t thought through 100 per cent,’ she said. ‘I also find it odd when men dress up in these outfits, they’re not really paying attention to what is going on.
‘I don’t understand how people don’t understand what the costume is about sometimes.’
The costume are a powerful tool for protest
Over the past couple of months a number of protesters across both the United States and the United Kingdom have been seen wearing the iconic handmaid costume.
‘It is a very powerful symbol now,’ Natalie admitted. ‘It is a symbol of and women being abused. It’s perfect for protests because it is a colour that you cannot ignore.
‘I’m quite proud and proud to be part of a bigger thing. The costume has become so iconic… It still amazes me when I see it on the news.
‘I do get emails from women around the world via Instagram, a lot of Brazilian people, saying, “Thank you, this has given us strength of sorts”. I’m taken aback.’
Back Into The Closet is a weekly series that delves into most iconic costumes to ever grace television, from shows past and present. Check back each Thursday for the latest wardrobe secrets.
Got a showbiz story?
If you’ve got a story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk Entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we’d love to hear from you.
Source: Read Full Article