GAME OF FROCKS
Costume Designer Michele Clapton dresses the Seven Kingdoms...
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.