Michele Clapton Q&A: ‘The Crown’ costume designer
During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above) costume designer Michele Clapton reveals that she was initially attracted to “The Crown” by the, “lovely journey” of its protagonist. This Netflix original series depicts the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy), who came to power following the sudden death of her father, King George VI (Jared Harris). The show won the Golden Globe for Best Drama Series and Best Drama Actress (Foy), as well as SAG Awards for Foy and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill.
The veteran designer divulges that, “with the costumes, we tried to underline the story, and to visually enhance the drama of it.” For example, “there was a prettiness and a fussiness about her early costumes,” when she is still a princess. After she becomes a wife and mother, Clapton tried to reflect, “the joy that she had,” which, “contrasted so well to what came next.” When she learns about the death of her father while on safari, Clapton dressed her in one of her husband’s shirts to show, “the absolute stripping away of her, at a time when her life was going to change so enormously.”
Clapton won three Emmys for her work on HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” (2012, 2014, and 2016). She recently took home a BAFTA TV Award for “The Crown,” and won Costume Designers Guild prizes for both shows. Will this royal drama place a fourth Emmy on her shelf?