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The Handmaid's Tale Costume Ideas

The Handmaid's Tale Red Fertility CloakA dystopian tale of a world where women are treated as property of the state, The Handmaid's Tale television series has been picked up for a third season. The first episode of season three is expected to debut in April 2019. Based on the acclaimed novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, the popular series has sparked intense debates about human rights around the world. A handmaiden costume offers a unique opportunity to make a strong statement at this year's fancy dress parties and cosplay events. The iconic attire is also a bold choice for holidays like Halloween.

The Handmaid's Tale book and TV series

Although Atwood's novel has been described as a feminist book, the author insists it was not written to send a political message. Instead, Atwood describes the story as "a study of power" where those at the top have full control over society. In Atwood's imagined world, fertile women are forced into slavery in an effort to repopulate a barren world. Set in the near future, the tale follows the journey of the handmaid Offred as she struggles to locate the daughter who was ripped from her arms. The television series continues beyond the final scene of the novel, offering hope that Offred will be successful in her quest for freedom.

The Handmaid's Tale costume ideas

The Handmaid's Tale is set in the fictional realm of Gilead, run by a totalitarian government where people are grouped into distinct classes. In this restrictive society, women are required to wear plain dresses in specific colours. Servants wear green, wives wear blue and handmaids wear bright red. Matching cloaks are worn for outerwear. For handmaids, white bonnets are the only acceptable head coverings. Fans of the book and television series will find it easy and affordable to dress up as a handmaid. An authentic-looking handmaiden costume is available that features an ankle-length red cloak and a classic white bonnet.