Series: Game of Thrones Worn to: Katsucon 14, Fanime 14, Katsucon 15 Status: Active Difficulty: 4/5
I binge watched the first 3 seasons of Game of Thrones and was immediately hooked. Daenerys, aside from being one of the strongest female characters on the show, also had one of the most diverse wardrobes. It’s a happy day in cosplayland when the character you like the best actually has cool outfits!
After going back and forth several times, I eventually decided to make one of her blue dragon scale ensembles. In particular, the final rendition of the blue dress with the beautiful, sporadic beading really caught my eye. Lucky for me, the costume designer of Game of Thrones was extremely transparent about her design and even provided a step-by-step of the dragon scale fabric manipulation technique. The tutorial was extremely helpful and made my life much easier!
I drafted a pattern for the dress using trial and error and, once the outer shell was complete, I tacked on the dragon scale, beads, floss, and other details by hand. I attached the lining by hand as well. Another portion that took a great deal of time was adding the silver “dash” detail to the skirt.
The necklace was sculpted from sculpey and wire and wig was just a lace front ebay find, which worked out fairly well. I’m convinced that 90% what makes a good Daenerys cosplay is attention to wig detail and eyebrows. Okay. Mostly eyebrows…
Anyway, I was really surprised how much I loved this costume in the end; it’s visually interesting while being fairly comfortable – a rare but wonderful mix! I was also totally overwhelmed by people’s reactions! I got a lot of comments like, “Wow you look just like her!” which is SUPER flattering, since I think Emilia Clarke is awesome. Talk about a confidence boost.
I have the fabric to make her blue cloak and I’d really like to make another one of her outfits one day! But which one…