One of Game of Thrones’ many strengths is its realistic world, the way everything seems to fit almost seamlessly with everything else. In fact, I just LOVE this video of how they worked out the look for this series. The gritty, timeless, yet familiar look blends all sorts of culture, from Graeco-Roman to Mongol. The North became a dark English/Medieval, harsh Scottish-looking landscape. It’s interesting how much thought is given to the background of each character, with Pip looking bedraggled and cold most of the time because his leaving home for the Wall was unexpected and forced. King’s Landing, in the south, a warmer trading centre, reflects its status and location by its colourfully dressed inhabitants.
The leather coat of Jaime Lannister, worn so frequently, even under armour, is something which the costume designer, Michele Clapton, thinks is elegant. In this case, I have to disagree and say it looks just out of place, like a french-designed trench coat from this century. Well well.
“It’s not doctored and it’s not sanitized” is what Clapton finishes with, and I have to agree – all the costumes look great, but they also look lived-in, which makes their wearers fit even better in their environments.