With the premiere just around the corner Game of Thrones news seems to be coming at us from left, right and centre.
Entertainment weekly decided to talk to the head costume designer on Game of Thrones, Michele Clapton. She dished on all the difficulties of designing costumes for such a diversely clothed cast.
“We’re probably looking at 2,000-3,000 costumes per season, probably more. If you see 60 costumes in an episode, there were likely another 60 that we used for [backup and] stunts,” Clapton said. “We often don’t know exactly what the stunts are going to be, so we have to allow three costumes per person per stunt. That’s normal, but when you’re trying to do so much in so little time, it can be quite tricky. We seem to manage it somehow! I try not to think too far ahead. If you look at the bigger picture, you can become too worried.”
She said that the “biggest challenge” she faced was Kit Harington and his broken foot (he broke it while trying to get into his house when he realized he forgot his keys after a night on the town). He had a huge cast that just couldn’t be covered, and when the cast came off, “[The wardrobe team] cut the back out of his [costume] boot so that he could put it on without having to actually step into it and just bound it to his leg.”
When asked what her favourite costume of season three was, Clapton said that it belonged to the character Pixie Le Knot, a contortionist. She said that:
“It was one of the most extraordinary fittings I’ve ever had. I asked her to go into position to see what the costume was going to do, and she sort of went on her elbows and brought her legs over her head so her feet above her head. It was quite extraordinary! She wanted to be relatively covered, although she was obviously playing this sort of…I don’t know that I’d call the character a prostitute, but she was meant to be quite erotic. So I made a costume with a huge eye between her legs. When her legs come over her head, all you see is this big eye looking back at you.”
I don’t think that any of us are going to miss this costume! To read more of the interesting interview, make sure to check out EW.
And to see some of the magnificent costumes that Clapton designs be sure to check out the new photo’s EW has released.