Dressing for Dystopia: The Handmaid's Tale exhibition
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'Dressing for Dystopia: "The Handmaid’s Tale" Costumes by Ane Crabtree' exhibition

SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film presents eminently evocative costumes from the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning Hulu original series, produced by MGM Television, "The Handmaid's Tale," designed by Ane Crabtree. Adapted from the classic novel by author and activist Margaret Atwood, "The Handmaid’s Tale," starring Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Samira Wiley, Yvonne Strahovski and Alexis Bledel, is the story of life in the Republic of Gilead, a modern totalitarian society sited in the former United States.

This debut museum exhibition of Crabtree’s work reveals the masterful storytelling inherent in her creations, for which she was recently honored by the Costume Designers Guild. From text to textile, Crabtree elevates the garments to a momentous role as vital to the acclaimed series as the actors’ performances. Her conscious use of color to connect and simultaneously separate the state’s classes is compelling, and the subtle design details that amplify and advance the humanity and individuality of the complex characters are captivating. 

Co-curated by Alexandra Sachs, executive director of SCAD FASH and Atlanta Exhibitions, Rafael Gomes, director of fashion exhibitions, and SCAD alumnus Mangue Banzima (B.F.A., fashion marketing and management, 2014), the exhibition features 45 cinematically styled costume designs from season one and season two of the hit series, which premieres Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

In addition to her award-winning designs on "The Handmaid’s Tale," Crabtree has earned nominations for her work on critically acclaimed shows such as "Masters of Sex," "Pan Am" and "Westworld." 

Born in South Dakota and raised in Kentucky, Crabtree studied fine arts at Harlaxton College, Lincolnshire, England, and fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York.

Admission to the exhibition is free to all museum members, as well as SCAD students, faculty and staff with a valid SCAD Card. Open to the public with the cost of museum admission.

Members-only opening reception: Monday, April 30, 2018 | 5:30-7 p.m. 
The reception is free and open to SCAD Museum of Art and SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film members, as well as SCAD students, faculty and staff with a valid SCAD Card.

SCADFILM special screening: Monday, April 30, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | SCADshow, 173 14th St. NE
Admission to the screening is free and open to members of the public who reserve a seat.

Gallery hours:
Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Funding for this exhibition is provided in part by: