While the production value on Game of Thrones is invariably praised (at an estimated $10 million an episode, one would hope it looks good) not everything on the beloved series is as expensive as a CGI dragon. Apparently, the capes worn by the Night’s Watch (if you’re part of the 1% that doesn’t watch the show, that’s where Kit Harington works) are those furry IKEA rugs everyone had in college.
Michele Clapton, who was head costume designer for the first five seasons of the show, gave away some of her DIY costume secrets at an event at the Getty last year. This lecture was recently unearthed by Buzzfeed (with a clickbait-y title that practically writes itself) .
Naturally, the rugs weren’t used as is. According to Clapton, here’s how the “pelts” were treated:
“We cut, and then we shaved them, and then we added strong leather straps, and then breakdown which is like a religion on Game of Thrones… Here they were waxed and frosted so that they actually belonged to the landscape.”
So if any of you are looking to be a man (or woman) of the Night’s Watch this halloween, it will simply require a trip to IKEA. Also, is there anything major that IKEA doesn’t play a part in?