The Handmaid's Tale costume designer Ane Crabtree is thrilled her creations have inspired comedy sketches and political protests.
The visionary behind the crimson cloak and white bonnet worn by the women on the dystopian drama, is thrilled the distinct look has caught on and she loves the fact it has become a cultural item for the changing times.
Crabtree, who also worked on shows like The Sopranos and Westworld, was particularly excited to see so many people wearing replicas of her Handmaid's Tale look at Halloween.
"It’s so flattering and humbling and funny," she tells Us Weekly. "I loved when it was on RuPaul’s Drag Race or Saturday Night Live. I love all the protests that are happening all over the world."
Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, the series centers on a stark future, where women in the U.S. are ripped from their families and forced to breed for powerful couples who cannot have children. The costumes on the show, which stars Elisabeth Moss, were worn in September during a Washington, D.C. protest against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination hearing. Known as Demand Justice, the activist group used the clothing to highlight Kavanaugh’s alleged threat to women's rights.
"I am smart enough to know that it is beyond me at a certain point," she adds. "I simply came up with an idea based on a script that was handed to me. It’s always either hilarious or poignant - whether it’s Halloween costumes or women truly protesting for their rights. It’s a big deal. It’s only two seasons for me, so maybe years down the road, I’ll understand what it all means fully."
Alyssa Milano sported the show's garb during the August (18) Rise Up For Roe rally in Phoenix, Arizona, which was staged to help uphold the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. The actress held up a sign that read: "Never Kavanaugh, Never Gilead".
Kavanaugh became the latest judge to take a seat at the U.S. Supreme Court, despite protests linked to sexual misconduct claims from a former fellow college student. An FBI investigation found him guilty of no wrongdoing.