In “The Handmaid’s Tale,” costume and color are used to powerfully signal status and state of freedom for the different social groups. Costume designer Ane Crabtree says the producers wanted to give it a sense of being completely current, and not a costume drama.
The Democratic and Republican conventions differ in substance, but they create a similar spectacle. In studying the clothing and staging of the 2016 conventions and the candidates, humorist and fashion observer Simon Doonan says we must ask, “what are these people doing in order to manage our perceptions about them? They are carefully orchestrating their appearance.”