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Blood Red Bonnets, Heavy Metal, and More Proof That Dystopian Fashion Does Not Mean Drab


ALAS MERT AND PIGGOTT MARCUS

With the premiere of the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale on Wednesday and the return of Westworld over the weekend, the cultural landscape is looking a little bit dystopian at the moment (even the imminent universe-crushing installment of Avengers: Infinity War, set to open this week, seems pretty bleak). Totalitarian theocracies, technophobia, shamelessly corrupt leaders, and surveillance states are all burdens of life in the fictional dystopian societies on those shows, but when a TV series can tell a story that seems ripped straight from the headlines (like the Prime Minister character in season one of Black Mirror), or is a veracious adaptation of a classic novel like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, things begin to seem a little too real. From blood red robes draping the bodies and puritanical bonnets atop the heads of the women of Gilead to the icy business attire of corporate drones in the near post-apocalyptic New York City of Mr. Robot, fashion has proven to be integral to onscreen dystopia—and it doesn’t have to be drab either. Here, we take a look at some dystopian style inspiration, taken by W photographers.

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Photograph by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, August 2006.

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STEVEN KLEIN

Photograph by Steven Klein for W Magazine,

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STEVEN KLEIN

Photograph by Steven Klein for W Magazine

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Photograph by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, March 2008.

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Steven Klein

Kate Moss photographed by Steven Klein for W Magazine, March 2012.

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Photograph by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, March 2005.

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ALAS MERT AND PIGGOTT MARCUS

Photograph by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, Volume I 2018.

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Steven Klein

Kate Moss photographed by Steven Klein for W Magazine, March 2012.

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Doutzen Kroes photographed by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, August 2007.

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Photograph by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, August 2008.

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Photograph by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, September 2006.

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Natasha Vodianova photographed by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, September 2004.

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Photograph by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, September 2007.

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Photograph by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, September 2010.

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Photograph by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, September 2011.

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Photograph by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, September 2011.

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Photograph by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, September 2011.

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ALAS MERT AND PIGGOTT MARCUS

Photograph by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, September 2013.