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.
Sansa is a character in this show where her wardrobe is very representative of her personality. Starting from the very first season, she is the antithesis of her tomboy sister Arya. Her outfits often have pastel pinks, lavenders, and blues that make her so demure and are appropriate for her many damsel in distress moments (a.k.a. her entire physically and mentally abusive relationship with Joffrey). They also did a great job in portraying her youth and naiveté because I think sometimes we forget how young everyone’s characters actually are—she gets married twice before the age of 18—meanwhile I haven’t been on a single date in five months. But I digress.
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Sansa makes quite the transformation with this little number, and I think it shows how much she’s grown up and how she is taking control over her own life, not letting the politics between men determine her fate. So thus emerges Dark Sansa.
It looks like Sansa went ham at The Vale’s local Hot Topic, but I love this look because it diverges from her typical feminine style. You never see her wear black, let alone be covered head to toe in it, but the feathers provide a shimmery glint and texture, so it doesn’t seem entirely monochromatic. The corset gives the dress a structural element, and we see the same sleeve detail repeated from Dany’s look, except even more drastic with feathers and a high collar.
The asymmetrical statement necklace might be a little much for me, but I get that she was going for drama, and it fills the empty space created from the deep V neckline.
Dior is one designer I thought underwent a similar transformation from feminine and floral to dark and dramatic with their Fall RTW collection. This collection was a contrast from the soft, flowy and bright looks the design house normally puts down the runway, especially with the black lipstick models were sporting. Here are some looks from the show that had a metamorphosis effect similar to Sansa’s.
The name for Zuhair Murad’s 2013 fall couture collection was “Enchanted Forest,” which meshes perfectly with the forests and sense of magic and mystery of the North. The North encompasses Winterfell (the Stark’s residence), The Knight’s Watch and everything beyond the Wall: white walkers, wargs, wildlings, you name it.
The North is a much more savage and brutal place, free of the South’s petty politics and frivolous royal events which are merely excuses to showcase wealth and dominance. In the North, the words of House Stark are echoed in the back of everyone’s mind: “Winter is Coming.” And with Murad’s collection, those words definitely ring true and match his enchanted forest inspiration.
Lady Stark, or Catelyn Tully, is a dedicated fan of mossy green, as we see her wear the same variations of the color time and time again. This color compliments the Tully’s auburn hair and is reminiscent of the great trees in the North— especially Winterfell’s Godswood.
Joining the Night’s Watch is also called “Taking the Black” and from Jon Snow’s clothes we can see why. Everyone at the Night’s Watch is required to wear black, and they keep warm by wearing multiple layers of what looks like leather, wool and fur. Murad’s fur shawl replicates Jon Snow’s; whereas he wears the fur out necessity, on this model it just looks like she needs to shave her arms.
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Beyond the Wall where the Night’s Watch guards the realms of men, lies the unknown and mystery of the North. White walkers and wildlings roam this icy and frigid territory, although many people (mostly those in the South) remain ignorant of their existence. These two looks from Murad’s collection perfectly convey the snowy wastelands and the electric blue eyes of the frozen dead. It’s even giving me chills.
You can see Zuhair Murad’s full collection here