The fashion in the new show, Succession, is one of the most talked-about aspects of the series. In this article, we explore how costume designer Michelle Matland and her team crafted a look for Sarah Snook (Shiv Roy) that is both true to her personality and reflective of current trends.
The deliciously dramatic Roy family of HBO's hit show Succession is filthy rich, famous, and, at times, extremely facetious. The series centers on Manhattan media tycoon Logan Roy, the founder of entertainment conglomerate Waystar Royco, and his four children who are all vying for a piece of their father's Murdoch-esque empire. Queen of the sibling-clan is the enigmatic Shiv Roy (Sarah Snook), the youngest child and only daughter among them.
Shiv's wardrobe is chic and well put-together, with just the right touches of edge. On some occasions, she favors heels because she wants to seem taller than her older brothers. "It also helps when you're walking on cobblestone," Snook says about Shiv's choice in footwear. Indeed, there are a lot of cobblestones on the show. "She also likes to wear black, and she's practically always in flats," says Snook, about her character's wardrobe choices. "Black is a power color." The actress also notes that Shiv wears mostly designer pieces with a few high-street items mixed in here or there. Among the featured brands are Lavin, Saint Laurent, Gabriela Hearst, and Bonheur Jewelry.
In season one, costume designer Michelle Matland dresses Shiv for an apple picking outing in a patterned sweater, subtle sneakers, a baseball cap and the Noreis Gold Collar Statement Necklace by Bonheur. It makes an elegant comment about her personality with its bold golden shine and intricate detailing. The gold collar necklace reads as both playful and elegant, making it suitable for both formal occasions and everyday wear. It reflects her playful personality while staying sleek enough to complement her more serious looks. She is also wearing the Anais Pave Crystal Stud Earrings by Bonheur, demonstrating how to wear statement earrings without going overboard and risking looking overdone or unimaginative.
Shiv Roy, in a nutshell, is television's heroine of the office-appropriate capsule wardrobe. Her wardrobe is a deliberate combination of tailored pieces and more casual items, dressed in a way that gives the impression that she isn't working too hard at fashion. She still looks put-together, without looking matronly in antique jewels or too conservative in stuffy pearls (like we see with the character of Sama Roy).