Back in October, several images (and yes, they are spoilerific, so be warned) from the set of Game of Thrones made their way to the Internet. In these pictures we caught our first glimpses of Oberyn Martell’s bastard daughters, the Sand Snakes, whom are set to play a fairly substantial role in season five of the series. Only, the photos caused quite a ruckus because it looked like the breastplates for these warring women had the most egregious accoutrement: nipples! Now, the series’ costume designer is speaking out on the controversy.
While discussing the costuming at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s SPARK: Conversation Series in collaboration with their most recent exhibit, “Dressed to Kill: Arms and Armor from Medieval Knights to Game of Thrones,” New York Magazine’s the Cut blog spoke to Michele Clapton about the curious addition. “You’ve picked a bone of contention!” Clapton told the Cut, before adding that “it certainly wasn’t my intention” to have nipples all over the ladies’ armor — particularly when no one else on the series (or anywhere save Clooney’s Batman costume) has them.
I mean, heck! The author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series on which the HBO show is based even put his distaste for the trend in the novels themselves, introducing the phrase “as useless as nipples on a breastplate” in A Clash of Kings.
“I’m not terribly keen on it. I don’t see the necessity for it. … Of course you have to have the woman’s shape. That’s fine. But [nipples on armor] is almost from a man’s point of view, and there’s something slightly cheesy about it,” she explained.
So how did they get there? Well, apparently it was all a bit of a mistake. According to Clapton, the nippling came about when the structured molds they used to make the armor weren’t sanded down to her liking — meaning the nipples were there, we guess, but were supposed to be smoothed out and removed — but by the time they noticed it (only in the photos, apparently) it was too late to fix.
“They sand it off to an extent, but they didn’t do it as much as I wanted them to. … I was surprised when I saw the picture. But I didn’t notice them when I was there. And sometimes you can’t go back and change things,” said Clapton. Adding to the issue? Her armory team didn’t see the problem.
“They’re like, ‘No, it’s fine! Don’t change it!'” she said. “But it was a bad move!”
The interview has a lot of other interesting things to say about costumes in the forthcoming season — including Arya FINALLY getting something new to wear, and the continuation of Sansa’s character transformation — so it’s worth reading the whole thing for more details. Besides, who doesn’t want to consume every possible iota of information while we wait for season five, right?
So — what do you think of the nipple blipple? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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