Much is said about overcoming or correcting the mistakes of David Benioff and Dan Weiss in Game of Thrones, even if they were few and still questionable. Keeping Miguel Sapochnik in charge and Ramin Djawadi‘s music guarantees quality, but… what about the costumes? Michele Clapton‘s award-winning work is one of the most brilliant contributions seen in a production (TV or film), with pieces that are works of art. And Michele is not in House of the Dragon.
The costumes speak to the audience: sometimes they whisper and sometimes they scream!Michele Clapton, Game of Thrones
The designer collaborated in the narrative of the story with clothes full of details, mixing metal and silk, keeping the colors and symbols of each house and reflecting the spirit of each character. “All my work depends on the script and I try to interpret and then build on the story of each character. I try to support the circumstances and the story, sometimes signaling how they feel. The costumes speak to the audience: sometimes they whisper and sometimes they scream!”, she told me in an exclusive interview I did for CLAUDIA.
Who faces the difficult mission to replace Michele’s genius in House of the Dragon is veteran Jany Temime, with productions such as Harry Potter, Skyfall, and Judy. The little we saw already relieves us of any anxiety.
Jany was born in France, the daughter of owners of French ready-to-wear companies, and from a young age, she created dresses for her dolls. Graduated in Art History, she started her career as a fashion editor at Elle magazine but soon started working in the film industry in Holland. He gained respect and after moving to London, he joined the teams of Harry Potter (she signed all six films in the franchise) and 007, among others.
With Black Widow, Jany proved to be one of the best in the business, looking to the uniforms of the Russian and Norwegian armies for inspiration to dress Yelena (Florence Pugh) and Natasha (Scarlett Johansson).
Judy was a labor of love and fan.
“I called my agent and told them I wanted to do this and I didn’t care that they didn’t have the money! I had to convince them that I could make a movie with no money because they weren’t so sure. I arrived at the interview more prepared than ever with documents and sketches and finally, they accepted me!” she said in an interview. “I’ve always been a fan of Judy Garland, which is why I wanted to work on the film. But more than being a fan, I was also drawn to working with Rupert Goold. He is a theater director and has an incredible sense of stage. Of course, that would lend itself well to his story,” she explained.
“I have to say that the costumes in House of the Dragon are just beautiful,” praised actor Matt Smith who will play Daemon Targaryen. “She [Jany] did such a good job. That’s one of the things I think we can really be proud of about this show, which is the costumes really delivered.”
Here are some looks from House of the Dragon.