Game of Thrones Embroidery

Like most of the world, I’m a fan of Game of Thrones, both the books and the impressive adaptation on HBO. I’m also a huge fan of costumes and briefly flirted with the idea of studying costume design in college. I believe that I once read a quote from a costume designer that the best costumes go unnoticed because they fit the character so well you don’t notice what they are wearing. While designers and others involved in tv/movie productions might not want costumes to be the most notable part of a show, sometimes they deserve a closer look.

Take, for example, the costumes in HBO’s Game of Thrones. As the costume designer, Michele Clapton decided to hire Michele Carragher to embroider many of the costumes, including some for the prominent ladies like Sansa, Cersei, and Daenerys. It’s a shame that this beautiful embroidery is never seen in detail on the show but here are a few examples of her work to drool over.

A collar for Catelyn Stark. Notice the Tully fish.

A collar for Catelyn Stark. Notice the Tully fish.

A gown for Cersei.

A gown for Cersei.

Detail from the above gown.

Detail from the above gown.

Another closeup from one of Cersei's gowns.

Another closeup from one of Cersei’s gowns.

A shirt for Daenerys.

A shirt for Daenerys.

Detail from above shirt.

Detail from above shirt.

A dress for Sansa.

A dress for Sansa.

Sansa's wedding dress

Sansa’s wedding dress

Detail from Sansa'a wedding dress.

Detail from Sansa’a wedding dress.

Possibly the most amazing thing about this embroidery is the story it tells about the person wearing it, like the Tully fish on Catelyn’s collar and the wolf and fish on Sansa’s wedding dress.

Be sure to check out her full website here for lots more images from Game of Thrones as well as some of the story/ideas behind the embroidery.

Idea for this post from an article on Buzzfeed here.

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3 thoughts on “Game of Thrones Embroidery

  1. […] also love the costumes they have on the show. Like Game of Thrones (albeit on a smaller scale), they manage to create beautiful costumes for the characters both in […]

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