When it comes to on-screen storytelling, costumes play a huge role in directing the narrative and making the characters believable. Since the inception of television, several shows, especially period drama, have relied heavily on perfect costume details. Let’s take a look at some of the best shows that had wonderful costumes.
1. Game of Thrones
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Game of thrones (Obtained) is one of the most popular TV shows in the world. Spanning eight seasons, the series focused on Seven Kingdoms and their fight for the Iron Throne. Costume designer Michele Clapton was largely responsible for conceptualizing the costumes for the series. What made the costumes interesting was the fact that they symbolized the transition of some of the notable characters such as Sansa Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Arya Stark, and Cersei Lannsiter. Fans are reportedly even looking for critical details in the costumes of these characters to predict the upcoming storyline or their motivations.
2. The Crown
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Based on the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, The crown is a period drama that focuses on the British Royal Family. Needless to say, the costumes had to recall that time to maintain as much historical accuracy as possible. Michele Clapton and Jane Petrie designed the costumes for the first and second seasons, respectively. Emmy Award-winning Amy Roberts stepped in for the show’s third and fourth seasons. The fourth season was particularly notable as it starred Princess Diana, known for her sartorial flair. Talk to It, Roberts said: “It was the most fantastic thing to be able to show people not just the Diana we all remember – this incredibly glamorous, attractive, vibrant and refreshing creature – but there’s this journey until point, [which] we see this season. I think it’s fascinating to see how she evolves with her clothes.
3. Kill Eve
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In this noir comedy-thriller series, Jodie Comer stars as psychopathic assassin, Villanelle, while Sandra Oh plays Eve Polastri, a Mi5 agent obsessed with bringing Villanelle to justice. In the series, Villanelle dresses according to her mood, often resorting to extravagant dresses that directly reflect her thoughts. Her pink tulle dress has become an iconic fashion moment both on and off screen as it has inspired several red carpet looks worn by popular celebrities.
4. Gender and city
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Can we talk about costumes and TV shows without mentioning Sex and the city? Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) has inspired a generation of women with her cutting edge fashion choices. Some of the iconic fashion moments including the Fendi baguette bag, tutu skirt, crop tops, cowboy hats and the LBD (little black dress). Even today, the show is considered the holy grail of fashion.
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