How to Dress Like a Badass From Game of Thrones
Not since Sex and the City and Mad Men has a hit TV series wielded such a tremendous amount of influence on pop culture and crossed the realm into the world of fashion.
HBO’s mega-hit Game of Thrones (the Season 7 finale aired Sunday, Aug. 27) has retained an iron grip on our collective consciousness since it premiered in 2011. But while other influential shows, like Mad Men, referenced actual eras in history, Game of Thrones – based on George R.R. Martin’s novels, A Song of Ice and Fire – is a fantasy depicting epic feuds between tribal clans. The blood and gore – with dragons, all manner of supernatural occurrences and machiavellian intrigue – does not disguise the fetching cast and costumes they wear. The gasp-inducing twists from the Red Wedding to the Jon Snow’s revival from the dead has made the show a phenom and has taken the style of the show from the screen to the street.
The look fashioned for the series is a mash-up of medieval and Elizabethan styles and references a multitude of inspirations as disparate as Japanese armour to the Bedouin.
Also, because Thrones depicts various peoples across a vast continent with varying climates, it is able to depict a variety of looks – from the rugged furs and animal skins of the Wildlings of the North to the opulent and heavily embroidered gowns of the people of the south in Kings Landing.
Such a staggering array of costumes has provided a wealth of inspiration for fashion designers and has trickled down to fast fashion retailers.
A LANNISTER ALWAYS PAYS HIS DEBTS
WINTER IS HERE
BREAKER OF CHAINS
Game of Thrones’ award-winning costume designer Michele Clapton brought in British jewelry designers Yunus Ascott and Eliza Higginbottom to help create some of the fantasy jewelery worn by key characters in the show. The trio has since created an accessories brand with HBO called MEY Designs, which retails replicas of some of the actual jewelery worn on the show and also other statement pieces inspired by the series.
MOTHER OF DRAGONS
ALL MEN MUST DIE
By the Season 7 finale, it was noticeable that most of the major female characters were attired in sweeping regal black gowns. But it’s not some fashion trend sweeping the land of Westeros. As is the habit of the show’s costume designer Michele Clapton, the outfits usually have some secret meaning, alluding to what will take place that season.
BEND THE KNEE
THE NORTH REMEMBERS
This brooch is one of the most iconic and recognizable accessories seen on Thrones and is worn by The Hand – the closest adviser to the ruling queen or king. So it’s not surprising that replicas will be available from costume retailers.