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In 'House of Cards,' clothes make the Underwoods

In 'House of Cards,' clothes make the Underwoods

The conniving politician at the center of the Netflix drama "House of Cards" is named Frank, but he's anything but honest, forthright and direct. His wife was christened Claire — an ironic choice for a woman who always has an ulterior motive.

Even the couple's surname, "Underwood," hints at their hypocrisy by echoing "underhanded."

It's costume designer Johanna Argan's job to subliminally convey that duplicity to the audience through the clothes the characters wear.

"The other characters think they're getting one thing from Frank and Claire," Argan said in a phone interview. "But all the time, the Underwoods have a hidden...