SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film will be closed to the public Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018.

'Dressing for Dystopia'

May 1 - Aug. 12, 2018

'Dressing for Dystopia'

"The Handmaid’s Tale" Costumes by Ane Crabtree

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.

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:

'Dressing for Dystopia' curriculum guide

This "Dressing for Dystopia: 'The Handmaid's Tale' Costumes by Ane Crabtree" guide investigates the psychological languages of costume design and its essential contributions to the collaborative art of filmmaking. Through interdisciplinary standards-based activities, students explore costume design, worldbuilding, sound and scriptwriting. "Dressing for Dystopia: 'The Handmaid's Tale' Costumes by Ane Crabtree" explores iconic costumes from "The Handmaid's Tale," an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning Hulu original series, produced by MGM Television. Students are invited to examine the subtleties of color used in costumes and the process of transferring ideas form text to textile.

Download the curriculum guide

Ane Crabtree

About the artist

Ane Crabtree

In addition to her 2018 Costume Designers Guild award-winning designs on "The Handmaid's Tale," costume designer Ane Crabtree has earned Costume Designers Guild award nominations for her work on critically acclaimed shows such as "Masters of Sex," "Pan Am" and "Westworld."  In 2017, Crabtree earned her first Emmy Award nomination for her work on "The Handmaid's Tale."

Crabtree has worked with a wide range of directors and producers, including Warren Littlefield, Mimi Leder, Michael Apted, Michael Mann, David Milch and Robert Kirkman. She is known for her excellent rapport with actors, collaborating closely with them to create personalized costumes to further the exploration of their characters. She has worked with actors such as Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, Ann Dowd, Elisabeth Moss, Dustin Hoffman, Viola Davis, Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen.

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.