‘Game of Thrones’ designer Michele Clapton on fashion and power

Many “Game of Thrones” characters have modified their appears over the course of eight seasons and 10 years of filming — nevertheless Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) are among the many many most transformed.

Both start out on the hit HBO current as noblewomen in good robes. As they become political power players, their wardrobes morph, too. Going into the eighth and final season on Sunday, they stand as two formidable rulers in black: Cersei is the queen of Westeros, whereas Sansa tips in her half-brother’s stead as unofficial queen inside the North.

Early on, Sansa shall be seen as Cersei’s protégé. It’s not a loving relationship, nevertheless a formative one. “Even though she loathes her, Sansa learned so much from Cersei, [who is] a woman in a man’s world,” Emmy-winning costume designer Michele Clapton tells The Post by means of e-mail. “She doesn’t dress in a submissive way.”

Clapton takes us by means of some of the clashing duo’s most iconic appears. “I try to show how confident or insecure a character is feeling through costume,” she says. Read on for further of their fashion evolutions.


Queen inside the shadows

'Game of Thrones' designer Michele Clapton on fashion and power

Cersei began the current married to King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) whereas secretly carrying on a taboo romance collectively together with her twin, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).

“When we first met her, her fabrics and colors were softer, the imagery [on] her costumes were birds in swirls of stitches,” says Clapton. “It was supposed to speak of her feelings of being trapped — bird in a cage.”

Cersei was on a regular basis a wolf in sheep’s garments, nevertheless she was restricted by a patriarchal world. Her place as Queen gave her power, nevertheless she wanted to be deferential to her husband and father — and after her husband died, her sadistic son, Joffrey, took the throne.

Consolidating power

'Game of Thrones' designer Michele Clapton on fashion and power

Teenage Joffrey was a further malleable king than Robert, so adviser Cersei begins to brighten in a further commanding fashion. Plus, she’s obtained to compete with Joffrey’s queen-to-be, a youthful, witty Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) in seasons 2 by means of 4.

“The silhouette changes when Margaery comes on the scene,” says Clapton. Cersei’s mannequin of “power dressing” involved sturdier supplies and sculptural, open necklines that showcase “heavy, symbolic jewelry to insist visually of her rightful place within the family.”

Clapton offers that they started to incorporate shades of pink and make Cersei’s family’s picture, the Lannister Lion, further excellent.

Ruling with an iron fist

'Game of Thrones' designer Michele Clapton on fashion and power

After Cersei’s father and two remaining kids die in seasons 4 and 5, she sees her most radical transformation however. She begins dressing in black to mourn her kids’s deaths, and her flowing, blond hair is shorn off as her sordid incestuous affair is discovered by the acute spiritual sect that has taken over King’s Landing.

Still, inside the season 6 finale, she exerts her revenge and makes use of explosives to blow up the city, and her enemies (along with Margaery) with it. She’s then topped queen in a stamped leather-based costume with an armor-like prime quality. As others rivals emerge, along with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Cersei’s look “becomes more war-like,” says Claption, along with chainmail.


Winterfell princess

'Game of Thrones' designer Michele Clapton on fashion and power

In the first season, the sheltered Sansa apparel in pale blue, a shade lighter than her family’s darkish shade, to level out she’s daring and might marry a prince. “She uses this more sophisticated color to elevate herself,” says Clapton.

When she first arrives at King’s Landing as a suitor for Joffrey, Clapton says she “embraces Cersei’s style, and to some degree her color palette” — the Lannister’s rival pink — “not understanding its meaning.”

When her father, Ned (Sean Bean), is executed on the hand of the Lannisters on the end of Season 1, it’s the first step in Sansa’s dramatic evolution. “We see her tentatively try to move back to the style and colors of Winterfell, but she can’t draw attention to herself. So she stays mostly in mauve, hovering between the two tones of red and blue,” says Clapton.

Languishing in wedlock

'Game of Thrones' designer Michele Clapton on fashion and power

Clapton highlights Sansa’s two marriage ceremony ceremony appears as seminal moments: first to Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) in Season 4, and her second to the sadistic Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) in Season 5. She chosen neither marriage, nevertheless every confirmed her a troublesome truth: There’s no handsome prince able to keep away from losing her. She ought to save herself.

For her marriage ceremony ceremony to Ramsay, her costume “is a ghostly homage to her parents: Her father’s fur collar, her mother’s coat and clasps,” says Clapton. Even though she’s coming right into a dangerous union, “she still retains a strength within.”

The unofficial Queen inside the North

'Game of Thrones' designer Michele Clapton on fashion and power

In season 6, Sansa escapes Ramsay’s clutches and reunites collectively together with her half-brother, Jon Snow (Kit Harington). Together, they battle to win once more their ancestral home from Ramsay’s family. Sansa ensures victory by leveraging her political skills for important reinforcements, and will get her revenge on her brutal husband by feeding him to his private canine. Jon is proclaimed King inside the North — nevertheless Sansa tips as his proxy in Season 7 when he leaves to go North of the Wall (and to sway Daenerys into turning into an ally).

“Ultimately we see Sansa express her grown-up self through her costumes in seasons 7 and 8,” Clapton says. She wears a thick “protective” belt, and “somber” darkish layers and furs, reminiscent of her mom and father. “The looks are born out of her journey and experience.”

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