Allow HBO costume designer Michele Clapton to clue you in on the creative process behind the stunningly authentic period garb set to feature in Game of Thrones season 7.
Clapton, the BAFTA-winning designer behind The Devil’s Whore and Netflix drama The Crown, has been a mainstay of the Game of Thrones design team since 2011, when the battle for the Iron Throne only attracted a relatively small following. Fast forward to the present day and Thrones is undoubtedly the biggest show on television – both in terms of production value and its viewership – and up above, you’ll see Michele Clapton recount the show’s evolution and, perhaps most exciting of all, what the truncated seventh season has in store.
Much to the surprise of no one, this all-new featurette steers clear of any and all potential story details, and is more designed to be a peek behind the scenes of how Michele Clapton and the rest of the team conceived some of the costumes for Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and many more of the show’s key power players. From their inception right up to the moment when Clarke and Williams test out their new duds, if nothing else, today’s featurette stands as a pointed reminder of the level of care and craft that goes on behind the scenes of HBO’s fantasy saga.
It’ll return in little over a month’s time, too. Comprised of seven episodes in total, Game of Thrones season 7 is due to light up the small screen on July 16th before an eighth and final installment closes the book on HBO’s core saga. Speculation is rife that the network now plans to reshuffle its slate so that the series finale actually bows in 2019, before that much-touted prequel takes flight shortly thereafter.
Last we reported, the Powers That Be – including franchise creator George R.R. Martin – were running a fine-tooth comb over five prequel pitches, just don’t expect to see a serialized version of Dunk and Egg nor Robert’s Rebellion.