Sansa Gets Married: Part 1

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.

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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.

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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. Screen Shot 2016-03-08 at 11.55.20 PM

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Character Profile: Tyrion Lannister

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“He’s witty, smart—and short.” – Chris Rivera, student

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Christopher Rivera, 19, a rising sophomore at Florida State University (boo), started watching Game of Thrones two years ago when it first debuted. Tyrion Lannister is his favorite character because “he’s witty, smart and short.” Rivera’s response when prompted about his favorite looks from Tyrion? “I like his poofy pants and his poofy shirts.” Honestly, an expected answer when asking a man about fashion. Below is the rest of my Q&A with Rivera as we talk about Tyrion, GoT costuming and, of course, the Iron Throne.

Q: How does the costuming contribute to the show?

A: The costuming gives the show that otherwordly feel… and it really helps set you in the scene of where everything is going to take place. It makes it easy [for viewers] to meld with the environment and let yourself really feel what’s going on.

Q: What do you like about the costuming or what makes it interesting?

A: The costumes are really based on the surroundings the [characters] encounter and it communicates a sort of necessity to us, so we know it’s necessary to wear these to survive in their respective environments.

Q: If there was one piece of clothing or accessory or prop from the show that you would want in real life what would it be?

A: The Iron Throne. Because I would just sit in it and look badass.

Q: Do you have another one? Because a lot of people would choose that, is there anything more specific?

A. The Hand of the King pin. (Which is available for purchase here)

Q: Why is Tyrion your favorite? What do you admire about him?

A: In King’s Landing they’re all looking to defeat you or humiliate you in some way because it’s such a cutthroat hotbed of politics, and he shows everyone that he’s a force to be reckoned with.

You can follow Chris Rivera on Twitter @jungleboi2008

Calvin Klein’s 2013 Men’s Fall Collection had some enviable outerwear which we all know would spark Tyrion’s interest; he is famous for his long quilted jackets and leather vests. I felt like this men’s collection was pretty spot on in regards to the dark umber and black coloring as well as the various textures, but let me know what you think by commenting below.

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Cersei Lannister’s Red Dress

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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.

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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:

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Daenerys Targaryen’s Qartheen Gown

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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:

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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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