Cos­tume Designer Michele Clap­ton dresses the Seven King­doms...

SFX - - Game Of Thrones - Benji Wil­son

How do you pre­pare for each new sea­son of Game Of Thrones?

It’s all about the re­search. Me and my team look at how dif­fer­ent peo­ple lived in dif­fer­ent cli­mates and times, at the avail­abil­ity of colours and fab­rics that would be avail­able, and at the tech­niques avail­able. I then make a se­ries of boards rep­re­sent­ing the dif­fer­ent ar­eas of Wes­teros so as to be care­ful to de­fine them.

Do the cos­tumes have to be spe­cially made?

Ar­mour and cos­tume are 99 per­cent made in- house, and we have a won­der­ful range of ar­ti­sans: leather work­ers, dy­ers, metal work­ers, cut­ters, prin­ters and em­broi­der­ers, all with me in Belfast. All cos­tumes are aged — be it a lit­tle sweat or down to full- on rags — and it is one of the most im­por­tant as­pects in the cos­tume depart­ment. We have a team of ap­prox­i­mately ten peo­ple in­clud­ing pain­ters and tex­tile artists whose job it is to age the cos­tumes ap­pro­pri­ately.

Are the clothes purely prac­ti­cal or do they have some­thing to say?

I love to try and in­di­cate the emo­tional state of char­ac­ters through their cos­tumes, and also to in­di­cate their in­flu­ence over other char­ac­ters and courts. Some­times this can say so much more than words…

Mar­gaery even pulls off brown so well.

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