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GoT costume designer: 'Wardrobe plays a vital role on show'

Published 26/04/2016

Michele Clapton
Michele Clapton

Michele Clapton would never dress Game of Thrones character Daenerys Targaryen in "silly shoes" as she would lose all her strength.

Game of Thrones costume director Michele Clapton is pleased her work tells as much of a story as the characters on the hit show do.

The award-winning series recently returned to screens for its sixth season, with costume genius Michele back at the wardrobe’s helm. She insists that the clothes are just as important as the plot lines, which are based on George R. R. Martin’s novels.

“I love the fact that you can have a sub story going on because the costume is telling you so much that words aren’t saying at that moment,” the double Emmy winner enthused to Britain’s The Telegraph newspaper.

To prove her point Michele uses Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) as an example, who is always wearing trousers and boots hidden under her dresses.

“There’s always a fear in her that she will have to leave so it gives her the freedom to always escape and run. If she had silly shoes on she’d lose all her strength,” she noted.

Game of Thrones is renowned for killing off key characters, but one way the blow is softened for the actors is they get to keep some of their costumes as a token. However, the rest of the show’s clothes are logged and archived.

Fur has been an area of disagreement for both the actors and also anti-fur protestors, with PETA even getting in touch before the show first aired to object.

“Certain actors won’t wear it and we’ll respect that and we’ll always try to make it in fake fur instead but when you’re depicting the things that we are a lot of the time it doesn’t work,” Michele said, adding she'd never commission new fur, but rather sources vintage pieces from French markets.

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