Vikings costume designer Joan Bergin and her wardrobe crew have the seemingly impossible task of designing an enormous array of individual costumes to fit the ever-growing cast. As Bergin explains, “What you do always with costume—whether it’s their day clothes or armor—is you try to have and have the costume tell another bit about the character.”
A few of our favorite looks from Season 1:
Creating each of the principal cast’s wardrobes in the workshop on set is a mammoth task. For Viking day clothes, Bergin looks for fabrics in what she calls “Cabbage Patch” colors—shades of dark green, brown and beige. Of all the characters Bergin has to design for, her favorite is Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), who forces her to create an ever-shifting wardrobe.
We took a visit to the wardrobe room on the set and took some pictures of their incredible work.
Just some of the over 1,500 costumes on set:
Wardrobe department in action: