Game of Thrones Costume Designer Confesses To Using IKEA Rugs For Series’ Capes

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Even Game of Thrones shops at IKEA.

HBO's popular television adaptation of George R.R. Martin's fantasy epic A Song of Ice And Fire usually gets a big budget for production, and the costume crew tries to keep every design in line with the show's implied time period and its various cultural styles.

It isn't easy dressing up hundreds of people every season, and according to BuzzFeed, Game of Thrones costume designer Michel Clapton admitted to making capes out of rugs bought from IKEA.


The site had recently discovered Clapton's grand confession from a lecture she gave at the Los Angeles Getty Museum last year, pointing out a moment in the presentation where the costume designer discusses the costumes she and the team made for the Night's Watch characters.

"These capes are actually Ikea rugs," she confessed, "A bit of a trick. We take anything we can. We cut, and then we shaved them, and then we added strong leather straps and breakdown which is like a religion on Game of Thrones."

"Here they were waxed and frosted to pair with the landscape," the costume designer adds.

Another term for weathering, it's pretty understandable how Game of Thrones requires a lot of "breakdown" for its props or costumes – they'd want everything to look worn and snuggly fit for the show.

Now fans planning out Game of Thrones cosplays know where to buy their cape materials if they want to dress up as someone from the North.

Game of Thrones continues its seventh season next Sunday at 9 pm on HBO.

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