So our girl Sansa has been real busy in the marriage department because she debuts wedding outfit number 2 while tying the knot with Ramsey. Other than his sadistic, psychotic, murderous, and violent personality Ramsey is alright I guess? We’re back in the North, with snow on the ground and the weather as cold and brutal as Ramsey’s nonexistent heart, and Sansa is bundled up for an outside wedding.
The thick quality of her gown is perfect for a chilly night, and the textured braided material gives this look an extra wow factor. Because the color scheme is pretty simple with monochromatic winter whites, the texture of the material, the clasp details, and fur shrug add more visual interest to her outfit. We also see that her hair is done in a chic braided updo, which is different from her usual style of loose waves.
I love how her braids act like a headband, and it ties together the look because of how it closely resembles the fabric. Also, her hair works well pulled up because of the high collar of her shirt—if her hair was down, it would’ve been too overwhelming. These pieces from Alexander McQueen’s 2016 F/W RTW collection were similar to Sansa’s wedding gown, from the textured material to the fur lined coats to the color scheme. These looks are ready for any winter formal affair—they seem amazingly warm, while still feeling sophisticated.
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.
I have yet to touch on Missandei’s style on this blog, and I regret it because first of all, Nathalie Emmanuel is so incredibly beautiful and secondly, her character Missandei is one of GoT’s hidden treasures. It would be easy for her to be completely overshadowed by Dany, but her sincerity and genuine goodness is refreshing against the violence and chaos of the show. And plus I love the whole romantic subplot between her and Grey Worm, although I’m not entirely sure how that would work out.
The first time we meet Missandei in season 2, she is a slave translator in Astapor before being rescued by Dany. Because of her position as a slave she has a literal leather and metal collar around her neck that starkly contrasts her soft yellow gown. Even after she becomes free, her collared, halter-like dresses have become part of her signature style and carried on throughout the seasons.
This silhouette works great with her petite figure, and shows off her toned arms and shoulders. Sometimes halter dresses can overwhelm with too much fabric and look like a tent, but a belted look defines the waist. Even without a belt to cinch everything in, the color blocking gives a similar illusion.
She’s also been known to break out some two piece looks, with cropped tops and full length skirts that I just wanted to throw in here because she looks absolutely amazing. Can you tell I have a little bit of a girl crush?
Balmain is one designer I’ve noticed who alludes to this same silhouette, and I think Missandei would definitely appreciate. In both his Spring and Fall RTW collections, Olivier Rousteing incorporated high necklines, wrapped tops, and collared necklaces that would work well with her style.
The colors red and gold are synonymous with the Lannisters, a house known for its ostentatious wealth and power. It’s no surprise that we see the colors of Cersei’s sigil replicated in her wardrobe. The Lannisters are the richest family in the Seven Kingdoms and reside in their formidable domain of Casterly Rock as well as King’s Landing. Cersei is the Queen of Westeros and then later Queen Regent in King’s Landing, so these high-ranking positions are taken into consideration with what she wears.
Cersei is the character everyone loves to hate, which is also why red is a perfect color for this villainous lady. Who knew being bad could look so good?
The crimson dress pictured has large sleeves and a V neckline, only constricting slightly at the belted waist. There are almost no formfitting clothes in the show because it is supposed to convey a medieval feel, but a cinched waist allows the women in GoT to show their figures without being too revealing. The waist on this dress is also reminiscent of the metal waist details on Dany’s gown in the post below.
Adorned with gold embroidery and a gold lion necklace, Cersei truly embodies House Lannister with this outfit. Surprisingly however, this is a rather casual style in comparison to some of the other clothing she wears. Normally for more grandiose occasions her hair is worn up and her gowns are even more lavish, sometimes giving off the shimmering appearance of satin or silk instead of cloth, which is what the dress pictured above seems to be made of.
This Marchesa dress worn by actress Olivia Munn at the 2013 Oscars is absolutely Lannister certified. Although it is strapless, it has the perfect touch of gold embroidery on the bodice and, like Cersei’s dress, it hugs her waist before it drapes into a flowing train. This regal gown is a modern take on Lannister fashion and undoubtedly fit for the Iron Throne.
Also check out these lion inspired accessories from Chanel:
Lion Brooch, Lion Ring, Lion Purse
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This blue flowy gown that Daenerys (Dany) wore in Qarth during Season 2 has become an iconic piece of clothing from Game of Thrones. It showcases the wealth and power of Qarth through the fine fabric and gold embellishments, but also the mystery surrounding the city with its ethereal and whimsical look.
This dress conveys the paradise that Qarth was to Dany and her Dothraki followers because without the city they would have perished in the Red Waste. However, the metal caging around the waist and shoulders, while ornate and delicate, also convey the message of danger. It possibly foreshadows her being trapped and chained in the House of the Undying after finding her dragons.
The blue reflects the ocean that Qarth so much relies on with its trading ships and its port. Qarth was made into such a wealthy city through trading and this is shown by the the people’s elegant and expensive looking clothing and jewelry. All of the people in this city wear the finest fabrics with gold threading, beading and embroidery which truly displays the magnificence of this city on the sea.
Marchesa was a designer that instantly came to mind because, like the fashions in Qarth, their designs are extremely ornate and ethereal. Here are some Marchesa looks inspired by Qarth and Dany’s gown:
The two gowns on the left are more simplistic than their couture counterparts, but it was difficult to leave them out. All of the above Marchesa creations exemplify Qarth and accurately depict the vividness and detail of Dany’s dress.
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