‘The Witcher’ costumes were created so the actors could ‘actually fight’

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Costumes in sci-fi or fantasy franchises are meant to be otherworldly, but they’re not always practical. On the set of the witcherhowever, this is not always the case.

Costume designer Lucinda Wright revealed to Deadline that when it comes to the costumes on the popular Henry Cavill-led show, realism is something it strives for. Wright actually joined the series in the second season and built on the framework established in the first season. She was also just nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes category.

Wright said she followed the progression of characters on the show to get the look of Geralt and his associates.

“It was important to follow the scripts, to follow the progression of the characters. I wanted to bring more realism to the costumes and I wanted to incorporate a new look for Geralt’s armor and for the Nilfgaard, to make it more grounded.

Regardless of genre, she says, it’s important that an audience actually think a costume is realistic.

“Even though it’s fantastic and magical, you still have to believe in what people are wearing and it has to really reflect the storyline and take the characters to a different level. So that’s the idea I brought in: designing costumes that make it look like you can actually fight and move with them and they can be broken down and have a purpose for them Sometimes costumes have to be glamorous and fantastical but when you see a soldier of Nilfgaard, you have to believe that he might come to attack you and defend himself in a fight.

“Especially with Geralt, to make him look more like a killing machine and highlight Henry [Cavill]his physic. He had to be like his second skin, so he should be able to take action. That’s what realism is to me for clothes, and you don’t notice them nearly as much.

Wright also revealed that it’s important to her that fans respond positively to her work.

“The biggest challenge for me was making sure the fans really liked it. I didn’t want it to be like, ‘Oh, there’s another costume designer for season 2.’ from the first season, so that gave it some rhythm and was able to keep the fans happy, and also ensure that the production and the cast were happy as well.

“That’s the biggest challenge in costume design, to make sure you do your vision but also to consider everyone who wears it and everyone who works with the sets and with the makeup.”

As for her favorite costume on the show, she said she has a few.

“I think it would be Gertalt’s armor and the Nilfgaard… Oh my God, there are so many, like Francesca the New Elf and Yennifer. I mean, they’re all such brilliant characters that it’s really hard to decide, but I’d say the one that made me smile every day was putting Henry in his armor. For many reasons.”

the witcher Season 3 is currently being filmed with a potential date in 2023.

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