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Say what you will do aboutThe Witcher (and don’t forget to toss him a coin); It’s hard to argue with the quality of the clothes. It’s a testament to the costume design that even though Henry Cavill plays one of the most recognizable superheroes of all time (Superman), all you see is Geralt of Rivia in his role. .
The dark leather armor with intricate motifs, straps and buckles gives it a medieval feel – all of which combine to create a sombre atmosphere that draws the viewer into the world of Geralt. There’s a reason everything works so well, and that reason is costume designer Lucinda Wright.
Wright, who has been in the industry since the 90s and designs costumes, is a true perfectionist. She has designed costumes for in the past Which doctor? and she took a real step forward with The Witcher. Recently, she talked about what makes the costumes work and how she uses them to tell the show’s story.
Wright joined after the first season, so she’s aware of the fact that things need to be continuous.
“There was a season before that and I obviously sat down and watched it all because I didn’t want it to look like another designer had just arrived,” she said. Working with production designer Andrew Laws was also important; he was involved in the production for both seasons. The golden rule is “sets and outfits should go together and complement each other.”
Cavill is famously obsessed with the lore and details of how Geralt should be seen, so Wright said she talked to him in depth about what Geralt looks like and how to handle it.
“When I first met Henry, we sat down, and he told me about all the problems of the first series: what was good, what wasn’t. Between the two of us, we’ve been working on this for months to get it right. And it’s great that he cares so much about it. That is really refreshing for an actor.”
For example, Wright says you don’t really want to pay attention to the costumes, but some would be statements of defiance. This was the case with Geralt’s warrior gear.
“I wanted to keep the flashy look of the first season,” said Wright. “But I wanted it to be softer and like a second skin and go with Henry’s body, so he could move because he’s a killing machine.”
Another notable outfit is bard Jaskier’s awesome red jacket. It actually looks like his video game outfit. Is this intentional? Obviously not so.
“I never looked at the game. I purposely didn’t do that. I’m going to sit there with Lauren, I mean is this character anywhere near it? And she will look [at the designs] and say yes or no. ” As Jaskier points out to Yennefer “I am an artist” and the costumes certainly reflect his attitude that creativity is bigger than life.
There are some interesting insights like this from Wright about other characters, so the whole thing is worth reading.
Second season of The Witcher currently streaming on Netflix.
https://wegotthiscovered.com/tv/the-witcher-season-two-costume-designer-shares-some-insight-on-geralts-new-look/ ‘The Witcher’ season two costume designer discusses Geralt’s look
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