By Erika Harwood. Photos: Getty Images.
Elisabeth Moss is giving the red carpet a political overhaul. Along with her stylist, Karla Welch, Moss wants to make larger, politically driven statements with her fashion while she travels to promote her new series The Handmaid’s Tale, based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel. When it comes to picking out the pieces, Moss told WWD that there are several factors she considers: “It’s what’s happening in fashion right now and when we have a fitting, the story comes out of that fitting.”
Moss asked Welch if she could accessorize with Planned Parenthood buttons or A.C.L.U. ribbons, to which Welch replied with an emphatic yes. “I never tend to over-accessorize, and we are definitely going to wear our politics, between the theme of the book and the political landscape,” Welch continued. “If you have a voice and you want to use it, this would be the time to do so. With the platform that Lizzie has and the amount of outreach and visibility, to not wear something would be a disservice. We’re saying it’s sad if people are apolitical these days.”
To get the point across on the red carpet, the pair is pulling from “socially conscious designers” and labels hat are female-led and have a political bent to their work. The racks they’re currently working with include pieces from Rosetta Getty, Prabal Gurung, Miu Miu, and Prada.
Moss’s sudden urge to relay her politics to the public while promoting The Handmaid’s Tale is a stark contrast to what she said during a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival last week. She refuted the idea that the series was feminist, instead describing it as “a human story,” adding, “I never approach anything with any sort of, like, political agenda,” she said. “I approach it from a very human place, I hope.”
Despite Moss’s opinion that The Handmaid’s Tale isn’t a feminist story, she told Time earlier this month that she considers herself a feminist.
“I find myself getting slightly tripped up because I am a feminist, and I’m not ashamed of it,” she said. “But that’s not why I chose this role. I did it because it’s a complex character.”
This story originally appeared on Vanity Fair.
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