I designed Herod's costume with the idea of a a vain and false king who would be capable of brute force all the while cower in the face of bad omens. His paranoia, self-preserving nature, and the fact that he considers himself a soldier gave me the idea of putting him in ceremonial armor and a fur/feather coat.
The vibrancy and heaviness of the costume worked to convey him as a peacock burdened by his own vanity.
I constructed the armor out of EVA foam and gold leafing, with hidden knee pads added for performance purposes. Coat consists of faux fur, with feather pads with gold beads stitched in a pattern.
Dir. Michael Alvarez wanted Herodias to resemble a trophy, with a costume that would constrict movement. I also wanted to work with the idea of death, and to give the costume the feeling of being a gilded cage that holds up her tired body, all the while exposing and showcasing its prisoner.