SCAD FASH to Premiere Costumes from “The Handmaid’s Tale”

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The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) announced a new exhibition at the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film, featuring costumes from “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The exhibition, which includes more than 40 garments from seasons one and two of the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning television series, produced by MGM Television, will be on view from April 30Aug. 12.

“The beauty of SCAD degree programs lives in the direct connection between classroom instruction and industry – you see it in everything SCAD does, including the celebrated exhibitions of our teaching museums,” said SCAD president and founder Paula Wallace. “Our university is top-ranked for the study of costume design, and we’re pleased to welcome the year’s most acclaimed costume designs to SCAD FASH. Prepare to step inside the world of fashion and the world of film with this sensational exhibition of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at SCAD FASH, America’s only museum of fashion and film.”

The SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film collaborated with award-winning designer Ane Crabtree to design the exhibition. Crabtree was nominated for a 2017 Emmy for her work on “The Handmaid’s Tale” and has earned three nominations from the Costume Designers Guild for “Westworld,” “Masters of Sex” and “Pan Am.” In 2018, she earned the Costume Designers Guild award for ‘excellence in contemporary television’ for her work with “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Ane Crabtree is someone who can tell stories with clothes, and the impact the show’s wardrobe has had in the political conversation around the world has been groundbreaking, but honestly not surprising,” said “The Handmaid’s Tale” creator Bruce Miller. “She’s a genius, and fabulous human being, and we’re thrilled that SCAD is honoring her work.”

The museum’s first exhibition focused on costume design celebrates a new facet of the many intersections of fashion and film, exemplifying the cross-disciplinary nature of creative professions. The exhibition follows SCAD’s top ten ranking in “Best Schools for Costume Design” by “The Hollywood Reporter.”

“It’s difficult to imagine ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ without Ane Crabtree,” said executive producer Warren Littlefield. “Ane puts her heart and soul into the magnificent costumes that she creates. Throughout America and now even throughout the world, women have chosen to wear the Handmaid’s costumes to give voice to their protests for women’s rights. It’s very fitting and gratifying that SCAD has chosen to honor her work. Bravo Ane!”

To celebrate the opening, Hulu is partnering with SCADFILM to host a screening of “The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 2, Episode 3” on Mon., April 30, at SCADshow in Atlanta, followed by a Q+A discussion with cast and producers of the award-winning series. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. SCADFILM is the leading program for professional engagement in film, entertainment and the digital arts – offering exclusive access to industry influencers through quarterly festivals, exclusive screenings, workshops and private masterclasses.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” follows the story of a dystopian future that forces women into subservient roles after an uprising against the US government. The show is an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same title, which won the 1985 Governor General’s Award and the first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987. The series stars Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel and Samira Wiley, among others.

Through the School of Entertainment Arts, the university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in production design, among 14 disciplines focused on film, television and other entertainment-related industries. With minor in costume design and a permanent costume collection, SCAD gives students unparalleled experience and access to costume’s role in filmmaking.

A special museum members and SCAD card holder reception to be held on April 30. To attend the VIP reception, and learn more about becoming a member of SCAD FASH, visit scadfash.org/memberships. The exhibition will open to the public on May 1 with the cost of museum admission. Admission to “The Handmaid’s Tale” exhibition is free for all museum members, as well as SCAD students, faculty and staff with a valid SCAD Card.

For more information on the exhibition, visit scadfash.org. Tickets to the exclusive screening of “The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 2, Episode 3” on Mon., April 30, at SCADshow can be reserved at scadfash.org/handmaids-tale.

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