Stealth Wealth and Bare Feet: How Power Dresses on Succession

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2023-05-28 09:01:52  • 6 mins

The shows costume designer, Michelle Matland, explained why she always starts at the bottom.

Followers of the Styles desks discussions about the clothes worn on Succession (as well as a number of social media accounts) know how obsessively fans have tracked and dissected the characters cardigans, caps, shoes, watches and, on occasion, unfortunate handbags.

On Sunday, the show reaches its finale and so a final check-in with Michelle Matland, the Emmy-nominated costume designer responsible for crafting a 21st-century version of Machiavellian chic and inadvertently spurring the stealth wealth fashion genre, seems in order. In an edited interview below, reached on the set of a new series, Ms. Matland whose credits include The Girl on the Train and Angels in America talked about costuming some of the most tortured, despicable and compelling characters on television.

Looking back, could you could have predicted where this show would take you?

You never do. Jesse Armstrong wrote an incredible brilliant story, but Im not sure he knew where it was going to go. I never asked him. The one constant was the trajectory of each character, and over the seasons, they developed story lines and these inherent qualities you couldnt have foreseen.

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