Vaquera designed a collection for 'The Handmaid's Tale'
Vaquera's collection riffs on the outfits that handmaids—fertile women forced into sexual slavery in order to repopulate a nation with a slowing birth rate—are made to wear. Played on the show by the likes of Elizabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, and Alexis Bledel, they don red robes with white bonnets, an aesthetic that makes a kind of perfect sense for Vaquera; designers Patric DiCaprio, David Moses, Bryn Taubensee, and Claire Sully have always worked with 18th century-era silhouettes, and they really love a bonnet.
But Vaquera was right for this for another, perhaps more important reason: they’re never afraid to get political, and they’ve consistently played with ideas of classic American dressing, using their collections to both embrace and critique capitalism and cultural touchstones. Remember last season, when they created outfits based on blue and white collar workers, and they showed that jaw-dropping dress made from American flags trailing on the floor?
"We aim to reverse cultural norms, celebrate individuality, and empower oppressed individuals," the designers told Refinery29. "The way that people are dressed in [The Handmaid’s Tale] indicates who they are and what their purpose is. We explore similar themes in our collections by examining the way people are expected to dress."
The full collection will be revealed with a performance piece in June, but for now have a look at some behind-the-scenes images, below.
Text by Jocelyn Silver
Images courtesy of Vaquera