As we’ve established, 2018 was a big year for Twilight fans, and while celebrations for the movie’s ten-year anniversary were undoubtedly held, there were also a lot of other exciting events that took place.
One of the biggest moments of that year was undoubtedly the BAFTA and EMMY winning season of The Handmaid’s Tale. Starring Elisabeth Moss and with an appearance from Stephen King, who wrote the novel the series is based on, it was a chance for the show’s viewers to celebrate one of the most incredible stories of the last decade.
The cast and crew of the show must have seen this as a a call to action and decided to do something special for the season finale. While it’s always great to see a show acknowledge its outstanding achievements, the last thing a production crew wants to do is keep having to turn up for work as usual, only to find themselves distracted by all the commotion surrounding the awards themselves.
So it was that at the end of the season finale, the production designer Jay Ryan tweeted that the entire crew had decided to dress up as handmaids for the night.
The show’s costume designer Ruth Carter had to scramble to put together a whole ensemble in such short notice, and it shows. As well as the Moss of course, who has now featured in every single episode and is arguably the best-known and most-liked character on the show, Carter managed to fit in almost every costume she had made for the show’s entire run. One lucky fan even got to go in replica of the very outfit Carter designed for Elisabeth Moss’ character, Offred.
It’s fair to say that the costumes for The Handmaid’s Tale are some of Carter’s most iconic and memorable designs. They’ve become so popular that they’ve been reproduced and customized for other fans of the show, and it’s this community that the costume designer has been able to keep connected to through social media.
More Than Meets The Eye
The list of other events and achievements worth noting in 2018 is long and includes the return of Game of Thrones, Black Panther, and more.
The biggest of these was undoubtedly Black Panther, which not only regained the popularity it showed after its last film installment, but managed to surpass it. Thanks in part to its stunning and memorable costumes (by Michael Simmons and Alvaro Zaldivar), fans of the film have been able to maintain a connection with the characters they love, even after the movie’s events were over. And it’s this connection that has led to many of them getting back together again after years apart, just like T’Challa and his friends in the movie.
For the record, the last time we saw T’Challa in a relaxed setting was at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Following the death of his father and the revelation that he is the son of Steve Rogers and the leader of the Avengers, the future king decided to take a step back from his duties and spend some time with his friends and family. It is in these scenes, as well as the intimate story lines that the movie’s directors and writers tell in between action-packed set pieces, that we see the best of T’Challa.
His costumes are stunning, making him stand out even among the many gorgeous people surrounding him, but it’s not just about the looks. The king’s costume designs, crafted by Michael Simmons and Alvaro Zaldivar, draw from various African tribal outfits and feature intricate patterns and colors that evoke the heart of the continent. As well as the aesthetic beauty that these costumes bring, they also have a deep symbolic meaning. According to Simmons, who worked with Chadwick Boseman on the films, the patterns on T’Challa’s outfit, for example, are inspired by the African panther, which is what gave the character his name.
The Shape Of Things To Come
One of the most exciting things about the year 2018 was the fact that it saw the premiere of several highly anticipated films, all of which were received extremely well by movie-goers and critics alike. These included Ralph Breaks the Internet, Toy Story 4, and A Wrinkle in Time. It’s safe to say that nobody saw A Wrinkle in Time coming, and while it was technically released in early 2018, it wasn’t until after Christmas when it really started to take off. Thanks in large part to its enchanting costumes by Ruth Carter, who also worked on The Handmaid’s Tale and Game of Thrones, the blockbuster movie adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s epic tale has now become one of the most anticipated films of the year. It’s also one of the most beloved and sought-after films of Carter’s career. For her part, Carter has said that she was “deeply honored” that L’Engle’s story was deemed worthy of being turned into a film. “It’s such a unique and beautiful book,” Carter said in a statement. “To be able to put my spin on it and have it come to life on the screen is an incredible feeling.” What’s more is that not only did Carter get to work on the wardrobe for A Wrinkle in Time, but she was also able to take part in the design process for the movie’s sets and props. This is a dream come true for any designer, but especially one who has worked so hard to establish themselves in the industry. It shows how much the industry truly values designers who can bring something unique to the table. This is something that Carter has used her platform to champion, and 2018 was certainly a big year for her.
A Timeless Fashion Icon
Speaking of unique and beautiful aspects, let’s not forget about Queen Victoria. The 2018 reissue of the iconic monarch’s wardrobe, featuring over 300 outfits, was enough to make anybody jealous. While the outfits themselves aren’t entirely new, thanks to the research and attention to detail of the designers who put them together, they still manage to capture the imagination of fans and new admirers alike. These designers weren’t only able to craft pieces perfect for the great-grandmother of the British monarchy, but they did so while staying true to her spirit and style. The fact that Queen Victoria continues to inspire fashion creators and designers, even now, proves how influential a figure she still is within the industry. Thanks to companies like Boden, BURBERRY, and MINKPINK, which specialize in selling luxury goods to the upper classes, Queen Victoria’s influence continues to this day. These brands continue to design garments in her honor, proving that she is indeed a fashion icon.
And it’s not only Queen Victoria who continues to influence designers. The fashion industry as a whole continues to look to the past for guidance, with many designers paying homage to memorable figureheads from the past, such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. It’s an interesting reflection of the times in which we live that these designers should look to the past rather than the present, but it makes complete sense. As well as being fashion icons, these women represented a different era and continue to have a special place in the hearts of many people. It’s an incredible opportunity for designers to get a taste of what was popular in the past and incorporate these elements into their own creations.
A Design Legend
We can’t talk about famous fashion icons and memorable figures from the past without mentioning Grace Kelly. The renowned American designer has been fortunate enough to work with some incredible figures in her time, and the opportunity to dress Kelly was enough of a blessing to convince Carter to take the job. According to the designer, the challenge of dressing the future princess was enough to make her year. “I can’t think of another woman who was more challenging to dress than Grace Kelly,” Carter said in a statement. Kelly was known for her elegant and timeless style, and while the designer didn’t get the opportunity to fully realize their vision, they still managed to put together an inspired collection, which Kelly’s friends and family wore with pride. Carter has continued to work with Kelly’s family and estate, putting together outfits for various special occasions, and they are some of the most memorable and sought-after designs from the designer’s career. It’s fair to say that without Kelly’s family and friends, Carter might not have been able to continue wearing her hats for all these years. But as we’ve established, the Kelly family is a very important part of the designer’s legacy. Working with them and putting outfits together for special occasions has become part of the designer’s identity, and today, the Grace Kelly brand is more popular than ever before. It’s an incredible achievement for a designer to be able to continue brand recognition even after all these years, and it’s also an incredible testament to the power of style and attraction that these women were still recognized and sought after almost a century after their deaths.