In the world of Game of Thrones, winter is always on the horizon and Jon Snow and the Night's Watch must dress accordingly. Given that GoT is legitimately the most expensive television show in history to produce, we naturally assumed the cloaks worn by the men of the Night's Watch were as luxurious as any item hanging in Olenna Tyrell's (RIP) closet. So imagine our surprise when we found out the manly fur capes are from none other than...Ikea. Wait, what?
Michele Clapton, Game of Thrones costume designer for seasons one through five, dropped the major bomb while giving a speech at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Clapton revealed the luscious fur accents seen on the Night’s Watch's capes were actually purchased at our favorite Swedish superstore, Ikea. Yaass! Fashionable and functional.
But how did this ingenious costume designer transform a couple of $14.99 rugs into authentic-looking medieval fur cloaks? Clapton explains, “We take anything we can. We cut, and we shave them, then we added strong leather straps, and breakdown, which is like a religion on Game of Thrones.” So she's basically saying the costume team went all Joanna Gaines and sanded, distressed and clipped those rugs like a five-year-old left alone with the family pet.
UGH, and just when we finally got rid of our Ikea Malm bed and dresser...