Weddings were in abundance over the last couple of seasons, and wedding episodes are bittersweet for me because on one hand, I love the bridal costuming, but on the other hand, someone almost always dies (Red Wedding, anyone?). Sansa’s marriage to Tyrion was one of the more bizarre twists that Tywin conjured up, but we’re lucky that beneath all the scheming and dreams of political domination, Tyrion is actually a decent guy and not evil scum of the earth like Joffrey.
Back to the dress: it’s AMAZING. The intricate stitching and embroidery is difficult to truly appreciate until you see it up close.
On a television screen, the symbolism that’s depicted in the fabric seems barely noticeable, but in these images it takes center stage. The wolf, trout, and lion are all animals from the Stark, Tully, and Lannister houses, respectively, and symbolic of the constant war between them. The fact that the lion takes up the entirety of the Victorian-esque collar at the center of the neck suggests that Sansa should put her new Lannister name above her familial ties to Stark and Tully.
The hip details resemble the cap sleeves, and the wolf motif is repeated on the harness-like straps crossing in the front. Between the pattern and sheen of the fabric, the delicate beadwork and embroidery, and well-placed pleats, this wedding gown is seriously perfection.
Similar shapes were popular in Simone Rocha’s Spring 2016 RTW collection, with harnesses fit to wear at any royal wedding in King’s Landing.