I was lucky enough to grab some time with historical costumier Ninya Mikhaila to talk about her work on the upcoming film by Stephen Frears, The Lost King (2022). The film stars Sally Hawkins as Philippa Langley, the Edinburgh-based writer who helped uncover the lost burial site of Richard III under a carpark in Leicester in 2012.
While the film is not completely historical, the character of Richard III, played by Harry Lloyd, appears to Philippa in her imagination in all of his regal regalia at numerous points throughout the film. Ninya worked with Frears and costume designer Rhona Russell to create two of Richard’s costumes in the film: His kingly robes, and the iconic surcoat bearing England’s coat of arms that he wears in battle. In addition to Ninya, Frears tapped Tobias Capwell, curator of arms and armor at the Wallace Collection, to lead the charge on creating a historically accurate suit of armor custom fitted to Harry Lloyd.
Of course, our conversation ranged a bit wider than the film itself, encompassing a discussion about the finer points of historical costuming in film and television, cats, and Ninya’s next big projects (keep an eye out for The Typical Tudor which should be forthcoming shortly!).
And if you’re in London, visit The Wallace Collection’s free exhibition The Lost King: Imagining Richard III where you can see Ninya’s work on display until January 8, 2023.
Check out the trailer for The Lost King (2022) below and tell us what you think in the comments!