On HBO's "Game of Thrones," whether Jon Snow is facing brushes with death in battles against White Walkers or winning the heart of the Dragon Queen, he is doing it in style.
But despite reportedly having a budget of around $15 million per episode for the upcoming eighth season, the show takes some creatively frugal shortcuts in its costume design. Designer Michele Clapton revealed in a 2016 interview at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles that several of the plush capes worn throughout the show, including Snow's iconic fur cloak, are made from affordable IKEA rugs.
"We cut and we shaved them and added strong leather straps," she says. "I want the audience to almost smell the costumes."