Bri, question out of the blue here, what do you think of GoT's costume designs? If you could do any improvements what would these be? do you like the books' costume descriptions better? Thanks
Hi! I’ve talked about this before here, though it’s more of an overview than a real analysis. To sum it up: I like the show’s costume design a lot, actually better than GRRM descriptions, which can sound…bizarre at times? Like he’ll be talking about a “confection of lace and samite” or something and I’m like?? What? It’s really hard to visualise and in many cases quite obvious that GRRM is just throwing fabrics together that have no business together (it’s ok, GRRM, you’re not a costumer).
My main issues with the show’s design are a) they’re too revealing when they shouldn’t be; b) half-assed regional variances and character design, or complete lack thereof (THE STORMLANDS etc COUGH); and c) Essos is even less developed in the show than in the books, which is saying a lot…like come on y’all, those were the best costumes in the books. I could go on and analyse and nitpick 100 things—believe me, I could—but my opinion is no less subjective than the next person’s.
….*jogs back to the podium* FOR EXAMPLE I found all of Melisandre’s costuming after season 2 to be horrendous, but she’s my fave and I’m biased, and I found pretty much everything about their portrayal of her horrendous. And yet that “look” which is nothing like her book description has become synonymous with the character. Just look at fanart or cosplays, it’s very rare to find purely book!Dany or book!Jon these days. So there’s a lot of ways to measure the success of a costume.
All in all, I have tons of respect for Michelle Clapton as a designer and that entire costume department. They’ve done some tremendous work under their constraints. Yes, their budget is astronomical (so their costumes are superbly constructed, which is a HUGE factor in good costume design), but frankly people are oblivious of just how difficult it is to costume a tv series. Let alone a high fantasy one with armour and specialised hair and makeup (different departments). It is HELLISH to coordinate. How many principles are in GoT, with designs that need to be hand-built and embroidered and distressed? How many extras to be sourced and fitted?? Ok, once you’ve figured that out, remember that you’ve got three new characters to make costumes for next episode. Plot twist: they might not be cast until like, a week before shooting, or that actor you built a costume for has been recast (you remember Daario, right?). So, just…figure it out. And remember that you’re on a rolling shooting schedule. That means the cast/crew are taking however many days to shoot an episode in this location and once those days are up you better have finished the next episode’s costumes and fittings and transportation of thousands of costumes. OH, and GoT has TWO PRODUCTION TEAMS, shooting in different parts of the world, with different weather and legal restrictions and logistics. Good luck!
I mean, holy shit. TV production is hardcore, guys. And it’s not like theatre, you don’t get to sit down and have a nice production meeting with all the other designers to learn that MAYBE their fugly blue lighting gels will turn your beautiful costumes black. You just don’t get that luxury. So when I read harsh criticism of GoT’s costumes I kind of…roll my eyes. Yes, there are things in the design that could be better. Some costumes flat out fail, it happens. And no one’s going to like everything (PSA, costume designers don’t give two shits if you think their costumes are ugly. Their job is not to make pretty clothes). Anyway, they’ve done a pretty damn good job? Yeah. The production design is the last thing I’d criticise about that show.
As a disclaimer I don’t watch the show anymore so I’m not sure whatever the hell April Ferry has been doing with the costumes…but I heard Michelle Clapton is back, so…let me know how things go xD
George Harrison aboard an Alster ferry, Hamburg, April 1961
Photo: Jürgen Vollmer
“[P]rinted later, the black and white contact sheet with twelve photographs of George seated and standing in a ferry, taken by Jurgen [sic] Vollmer, Pauline Sutcliffe’s personal copy.” - Auctioned by Bonhams on 29 July 2003
“He was such a sweet and charming little boy. But he also had this melancholy feeling that I identified with. I didn’t have much contact with Paul, and I was always a little afraid of John because he could be arrogant and overly ironic. But George didn’t have a mean streak in him.” - Jürgen Vollmer, Harrison
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Michelle Clapton left GoT after season 5. April Ferry is the new designer.
No she’s back!! She came back to design Cheryl’s memorable battle dress[es] (and apparently the costumes in Bastard Bowl, even though everyone wore the same thing and there was no heraldry), and she’s returning to her role for Season 7. Mini-Needles for everyone!
i wont go into too much detail (wikipedia will be a better help for more info), but on april 16, 2014, a ferry carrying 476 people (mostly year 2 students from danwon high school going on a trip to jeju island) sank. 304 passengers died in the disaster (again, mostly high school students, and mainly bc they were advised to stay in their rooms. Had they left and were on the deck, most of them would have been able to be saved). news at first reported false numbers of how many were rescued, but real numbers later started coming up, and death toll only kept increasing, without many rescues.
there was a lot of government corruption affiliated with this (that people still dont know the full details to), and only recently has searches begun again for the 10 still missing (yes, for three years, they were in the sea because the gov ordered the cease searches for the missing bodies)
it honestly breaks my heat and makes me cry every time i think about this disaster.