Michele Clapton has designed the look of Game of Thrones for the past five years and according to a new profile in Fashionista, this season was her last.
The costume designer has played a huge role in determining the aesthetic of Game of Thrones, and won two Emmys for her work on the show.
“I feel like we’ve covered all bases now. It was really important to me, knowing that I was going to leave, to actually design the costumes for each [geographic] area so it’s complete,” Clapton tells Fashionista. “In my head anyway it’s a complete look that I left.”
In addition to sharing the news of her departure, she explains her thoughts behind some of the major costumes we’ve seen in season 5.
Of Daenerys’s shift from blue gowns to mainly white and grey, Clapton says:
Now she’s got this sense of power and also a sense of immortality. […] I wanted to give this rather untouchable [quality] to her. The idea behind the white and pale grey is the sense of removal, a removal from reality.
I wanted to shock [showrunners] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss], because they always ask me to do outrageous things. I just thought, ‘Fine, I’m going to do a costume with no ass! And they were like, “What were you thinking, Clapton?’ The whole essence of Dany is there… [there] are always circles cut in and bits missing in her dress so I thought it would be really funny.
The armor really did have nipples at first. “When I first saw it I said, ‘I hate the nipples. Get rid of those fucking nipples!’ My armorer went, ‘Yeah, yeah, I’ll get rid of it.’ And he did,” she says. “I have this absolute phobia about that armor. It’s the worst thing on earth. It’s sort of funny, because I was cross about it because it’s such a faux pas, but I don’t think it registers on film as much as it does in those pictures.
She discusses many more of the costumes so head on over to Fashionista for the full profile!