Costume Designer Michele Clapton recently spoke with Vanity Fair about the glamorous fashion of Westeros. In this new interview Clapton explains that her experience in modern design has helped in creating the many intricate looks for Game of Thrones. Clapton also goes into detail about one of the most anticipated costumes for Season 4, Margaery’s wedding gown, and recounts that one dress in Season 2 that raised a few eyebrows.
On where she looks for inspiration and how she approaches the many families of Westeros: “I look at contemporary fashion and art, it’s a two way street. I sometimes see each city as [a] collection. I used to work in fashion many years ago. I’m glad I don’t now, but it is, of course, an influence still.”
On Margaery’s Season 4 wedding gown: “I’m pretty pleased with Margaery’s dress . . . it took weeks . . . months even, with all the roses and embroidery, and the bias cut was hard to achieve with the cutaway elements that are essential for her style . . . I wanted it to be pretty, but on closer inspection, strong and to tell the story of her ambition . . . the crowns particularly tell this.”
On that very memorable dress we met Margaery in at the beginning of Season 2: “Margaery’s funnel dress was obviously an homage to the wonderful Alexander McQueen’s costume for Bjork. It just felt right that this young ambitious girl would be experimenting with shapes, honing her style skills which we now see her employing to great effect. It was a risk and divided the audience.”
On seeing her influence on the runway: “Of course it was flattering to be referenced, but that’s what fashion does, and then it moves on. I did try to borrow a dress for the Emmys from the designers mentioned, but they said no. Thanks a lot!”
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