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Elisabeth Moss hid secret “f**k you” to the patriarchy in Emmys 2017 outfit


Elisabeth Moss walked away with the gong for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama at the 2017 Emmy Awards – an accolade which she richly deserved.

And, while her censored acceptance speech dominated the headlines, The Handmaid’s Tale star also used her red carpet ensemble to send a secret message to the patriarchy. One which seemingly went completely unnoticed by the hordes of photographers and bloggers following her every move at the star-studded event.

Elisabeth Moss at the 2017 Emmy Awards

Elisabeth Moss at the 2017 Emmy Awards

Dressed in custom Prabal Gurung, Moss – who plays Offred/June in the feminist dystopian drama – looked every inch the classic Hollywood star in her strapless, millennial pink gown.

Her shoes, though, told a very different story.

Read more: This is what got bleeped out of Elisabeth Moss’ acceptance speech at the 2017 Emmys

According to designer Karla Welch’s Instagram page, Moss inscribed a pair of words on the bottom of her high heels, one on each sole.

And, while Welch only posted a pic of one of the shoes, it’s not hard to guess what the other word was.

You'll have to guess what the other shoe says.... our note to the patriarchy #teamresistance

A post shared by Karla Welch (@karlawelchstylist) on

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Welch added that this wasn’t Moss’ only fashionable ode to feminism.

Read more: The secret messages hidden inside every song on The Handmaid’s Tale

Addressing the Gurung gown she dressed her client in, Welch (an outspoken critic of Donald Trump) explained: “[Gurung] reached out and said, ‘I’d love to make her a dress.’ She loves his clothes.

“He’s political, so I love everything he stands for. I love when he does a red carpet dress because it's a different side of him he does so well.”

Gurung added: “[Moss] is a beautiful representation of our brand ideals on the inside and out.

“The Handmaid's Tale tells the story of a woman's strength in a dark world through resistance.

“We wanted Elisabeth's strength as a woman and an actress to shine through embracing her femininity.”

Images: Rex Features



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