How ‘Succession’ Costume Designer Dressed the HBO Drama’s Leading Men

Variety | 12/9/2019 | Caroline Reilly
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Few shows in recent history have received as much attention simply for the clothes as “Succession.” The costuming on the show is indulgent, and impeccable; it arguably plays as big a role as the actors. Entire articles have been written about Shiv’s backless turtleneck — her clothes and her hair. The men on the show are no exception; each and every one of them is meticulously tailored and styled to tell us exactly who he is, and exactly who he wants to be. They are the perfect illustration of the immense precision, balance, and awareness of self that goes into being a well-dressed man; how everything from the width of a man’s tie knot to the cut of his jacket can make a critical difference in how he is seen.

Michelle Matland, costume designer for “Succession,” spoke with Variety about the comfort as an indicator of wealth, vests, and how a tie knot can make a man.

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Let’s talk about Logan’s suits. They look soft and comfortable but never sloppy; how did you decide how his suits would be tailored?

With Logan specifically, he is of a certain generation; the tailoring is going to be much more Saville Row. It’s going to be accommodating to figures of men who are of a certain age, of a certain lifestyle, who are not necessarily playing tennis and polo every day or working out at the gym. We made a decision to tailor his clothing so that, while they are powerful, his comfort in his position is the most important aspect of the garments. He need not profess or posture as anything other than the man he is. And I do think if you walked into his closet on any day and you closed your eyes, you would be able to tell the difference between his...
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