WINA – Elisabeth Moss sneakily tried on her “The Handmaid’s Tale” bonnet before it was officially approved for the show.
Costume designer Ane Crabtree, who was nominated for an Emmy and won a Costume Designers Guild Award for her work on the series, was initially tasked with creating headscarves for Elisabeth to wear as handmaid Offred so her face wasn’t covered.
In Margaret Atwood’s book, which the show is based on, the handmaids wear “white wings” so they can only see what’s directly in front of them, and so Ane set about trying to recreate this.
“(With the scarves) it just felt like any old TV show and I just quietly, without getting approval, made five bonnets, took them to Lizzie (Moss) for our first fitting and I said, ‘I’m going to film you with my iPhone turning your face to the camera’,” Ane recalled, reports Variety.
“And because she’s Lizzie and she’s magic incarnate, it was the right thing. It was spooky.”
Ane was talking at “The Handmaid’s Tale” panel at the Producers Guild of America’s 2018 Produced By Conference over the weekend, June 9th-10th, 2018.
Showrunner Bruce Miller was also part of the panel, and explained how Elisabeth, who is also a producer, and co-star Alexis Bledel couldn’t hear each other at first because of the bonnets, and also kept hitting the camera.
“But they really learned how to use the wardrobe for dramatic purposes and I think it’s one of the things that are best in the show,” he added.
Ane also shared how Bruce wanted the cloaked costumes to appear as normal and everyday as T-shirt and jeans.
“I was up for the challenge but it was really the thing that kept me up at night. How can that be normal, sincerely?” she said. “So it’s been a very interesting journey as an artist to go through that… and to have other women take it and make it something greater is huge, politically and emotionally, and all those great things.”