Game of Thrones is back and the fashion is epic once again. With the premiere of Season 7 last week, we couldn’t help but notice how the fashion has evolved with the characters as they’ve grown since the beginning of the addictive HBO series. Emmy award winning costume designer Michele Clapton. From simple ladies to fierce women, the female characters of Game of Thrones have undergone a fashion transformation and we had to unveil it.
All hail the queen! When we are first introduced to Daenerys Targaryen in the series she is dressed in rags, similiar to that of a peasant while her dressier look, a simple pale colored silk dress, left very little to the imagination. The garment displays Targaryen as a sexual prize but it also shows the audience how docile she is. After she marries Khal Drogo, this image is broken as she learns to be his equal as Khaleesi. Following Drogo’s death, she dresses herself in an array of blue garments, paired with leather and hints of armor. This style compliments the storyline of becoming a great Queen and conqueror.
The shift of fashion only continues to transform as she settles down in the seaside town of Meereen. We start to see the return of flowy gowns to her wardrobe that draw inspiration from the ocean. Most of these ensembles come in white, grey, blue, and violet sea-inspired gem tones that represent her position as Queen. Now that Targaryen has landed in Dragonstone her style has gone from rags to royalty, trading in the long gowns for powerful General-like ensembles ready to reclaim the throne which is rightfully hers.
At first glance, Cersei Lannister is the epitome of what a Westeros woman should look and dress like. She is one of the first women in the show to have armor adorned on her gowns, something she suggests Margaery Tyrell to do when she marries her son, Tommen. Not much of Lannister’s style changes until her iconic blonde locks are cut from her scalp for her legendary walk of shame. After her downfall, she still dresses in long gowns but they are more modest and come in darker tones unlike before where she wore more red, pink, and gold tones. After Lannister is crowned Queen her wardrobe changes again. Her gowns are dark, quilted, and adorned with metal shoulder pads. She is one of the last Lannister’s and has zero allies but she is prepared to stay Queen at whatever the costs.
In the beginning of the series Sansa Stark dresses in blue and grey gowns depicting her northern roots but also her purity as a young girl. As soon as she moves to King’s Landing, Stark’s wardrobe and appearance completely change in direction to be more like Cersei Lannister. The blue and grey tone gowns are replaced with pink and purple, and her style adjusts to be more appropriate for southern living. For the remainder of her time in King’s Landing, Stark dresses modestly in hues of purple. Following her escape and the death of her aunt Lysa Arryn under the hands of Petyr Baelish, Stark sheds her girl image, dressing more mature and seductive, wearing chain-like necklaces. By now, Stark has fully returned to her roots resembling Catelyn Stark in sophistication.
Arya Stark’s wardrobe changes from feminine to masculine pretty fast as she has to protect her identity in masking herself as a male early on in the first season. She is first seen wearing girl’s clothes in Stark blue and grey tones. After her father, Ned Stark’s violent beheading, young Stark has her hair cut off so she can escape in the disguise of a boy. For the remainder of the series she is seen wearing male’s clothing and is mistaken for a male, more times than not, as she goes on training for her vengeance. Stark’s wardrobe is built for survival so there’s no glitz or glamour.
Margaery Tyrell’s house is represented by a rose, which she embraces in her style and appearance. Playing a two-faced game can get you far in house Lannister, Margery’s kind but also seductive and cunning nature is mirrored in her wardrobe. Most of her gowns are sweet colored gowns of baby blue and turquoise yet the deep v-necks and cutouts accentuate her assets. Also, let’s not forget the metal rose and thorn adornments and that beautiful set of hair she has. In season six Margery does dress more modest although her gowns are still exquisite, showing that she has not forgotten who she is despite turning a new leaf after her time in prison under the High Sparrow. We’re going to miss this elegant lady in the new season.
While the fashion of the leading ladies is quite impeccable, we have to mention Euron Greyjoy’s goth-inspired look in the first episode of the new season. Greyjoy went from being a background character to being on everyone’s GOT fashion radar after wearing a leather jacket. We’ll have to say the Clapton stepped up his wardrobe game and gave him an upgrade as the jacket takes the likes of Givenchy or Yeezy. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for Euron Greyjoy’s notable GOT transformation this season.