Game of Thrones Season 7 Featurette Focuses on Costume Designer Michele Clapton
Exactly one week ago we published our interview with Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton. Now HBO has gone ahead and released this new featurette that gives you a visual tour of Clapton's brilliant work on the show, "A Story in Cloth." In the featurette, Clapton describes her influences, her passions, and how as a part of the "Blitz Kids" coming of age in post WWII England, Clapton was always very observant about "how people looked, what they wore, how they expressed themselves." This characteristic has helped make Clapton one of the most sought after costume designers in the business, allowing her to work on hugely popular (and markedly different) shows, from GOT to Netflix's The Crown.
"I like the fact that you use costumes to tell a story," Clapton says. "You know the story, you know what they're doing, you know what their relationships are, you need to show that, somehow, in cloth." Only for Game of Thrones, unlike her work on The Crown, there are no visual reference points, no historical photographs, to help guide Clapton's work. There is whatever sartorial information she can glean from George R.R. Martin's source material, but much of her work on the show has come from her imagination. The results speak for themselves, from the black, feathered cowls the members of the Night's Watch wear to Cersei Lannister's regal, royal garments to the embroidered, heavy clothes worn by those living in Winterfell, Clapton's made an incredible mark on the world of GOT. This featurette gives you a great glimpse behind-the-scenes and shows you just how many people's passion and skill are poured in to make the singular entertainment loved by millions.
Featured image: Gwendoline Christie. Photo: Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO