It's no secret that the Game of Thrones costuming has changed TV forever — so much so that costume designer Michele Clapton has been nominated for an Emmy every year the show's been on air, and won twice.
So who better to give us all the behind-the-scenes costuming secrets than Michele Clapton herself?
1.The show's costume designs aren't really based on the descriptions from the books.
2.But that's mainly because the show jumps around so much geographically, and they wanted to keep the designs for each area cohesive.
"Because it was designing for a TV show, where you almost instantaneously have to know where you are, we decided to do a real color code in the end. Especially in the first season, it jumps around quite a lot, so just to visually reassure people as to where they were."
3.They did, however, stick to the original house sigils.
4.And the colors for each house dictated a lot of the individual color palettes for each character — highlighting Margaery and Cersei's rivalry.
5.Costume colors play a huge role in the characters' development. When Cersei's in red — the Lannister color — she's asserting her power.
6.And don't expect Dany to keep wearing blue in Season 7. She's moving more into charcoals and whites, indicating her growing sense of self.
7.When Dany wore white in the Great Pit of Daznak, it was to signify her "mental removal" from the situation.
"[The white] signifies her mental removal from some of the scenes that she has to be in — like in the fight pit. She doesn’t actually want to be there, so we wanted to show visually that she was removed. It was chaotic and bloody and colorful, and there was supposed to be this purity in the middle. She was visually removing herself from the things that she disagreed with."
8.And we might see her wear more red in Season 7.
9.Dany's boots/trousers/dress combination is the "root" of her character.
"It’s the sort of root to her, really," Clapton said. "That she’s always wanted to be able to flee. No matter how sort of formally dressed she is, she always has boots and she always has trousers, so she can always run if she needs to. That’s in the back of my mind when I’m designing for her."
10.When it comes to dressing women, Cersei and Margaery have the most costumes.
"It would be Cersei and Margaery — when she was around. I think those two."
11.Though Sansa's a close second.
"And I would imagine Sansa comes a pretty close second."
12.And when it comes to men, Joffrey had the most costumes.
"For the men, Tywin had quite a few — I guess it was Joffrey. Joffrey had the most."
13.The most expensive single costume was Margaery's wedding gown.
14.All the armor is handmade and hand-beaten, so it's also quite pricey and can take a while to build.
15.Ironically, aging some of the new costumes can take a very, very long time.
16.Maisie Williams did, in fact, want to burn her old Arya costume.
17.Sansa expresses herself through the embroidery on her clothing.
18.And what Sansa's wearing has always been influenced by where her allegiances lie and who's around her.
19.But she's finally coming into her own, and we're going to see a lot more of that in Season 7.
20.Sansa's big Season 4 finale dress was made of feathers because, realistically, that's what she would have had to use.
21.There's no single time period that influences the costumes more than others.
22.The designs are centered around the environment, what people would realistically be wearing, and what materials would be available.
23.Clapton knew immediately what Cersei needed to wear in the Season 6 finale.
24.Cersei's coronation gown is a direct nod to her father, Tywin.
"I wanted the cut leather that would mirror Tywin’s — it was everything she always told her father she could do, and she can now do it. So there had to be that strength. It had to be black because she was in mourning, but I wanted the sort of steeliness behind that, the inner strength."
25.Queen Cersei's new crown includes both silver and gold for a reason.
26.Yes, silver is Cersei's "new color" in Season 7! Bye, Lannister gold.
27.Expect the costumes in Season 7 to have a lot less color than past seasons.
28.Of all the characters, Clapton thinks people relate to Daenerys the most — and we can expect big things from her costuming in Season 7.
Check out the new Daenerys-inspired jewelry line here.
Viserys was Daenerys's awful brother who got what he deserved. An earlier version of this post misstated his name.
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