How Game of Thrones uses costumes to show power

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  • Published: 13 May 2019
  • Costume design links Sansa Stark and Cersei Lannister. This video is presented by Skillshare.
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    Sansa Stark and Cersei Lannister are two of Game of Thrones’ most recognizable enemies. But despite being on opposite sides of Westeros, their costumes have a ton in common.

    From the very beginning of the show, their outfits have been mirrors. When they’re both oppressed and weak in the earlier seasons, they’re dressed in loose, pastel clothing signaling their lack of power. As the show moves on and their plots become more complicated, they don “survival camouflage,” clothes used to mask secrets and blend in with enemies. And when both women begin to assert the power of their houses, Lannister lions and Stark wolves become the focal point of their clothes.

    In the show’s final season, Sansa and Cersei default to military-style accents on their gowns as they prep for battle. Those high-necked dresses evoke images of each family’s armor — full of defensive details like epaulets and draped chains. And while both leaders have learned different lessons about war and family, it’s safe to say their outfit parallels are there for a reason.

    Read more about the costumes of these powerful women on vox.com:
    vox.com/the-goods/2019/4/19/18484819/game-of-thrones-daenerys-targaryen-costumes-michele-clapton

    vox.com/the-goods/2019/4/9/18300675/game-of-thrones-cersei-lannister-costumes-michele-clapton

    vox.com/the-goods/2019/4/3/18287327/game-of-thrones-sansa-stark-costumes-michele-clapton

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    Previous headline: How Game of Thrones uses costume design to show power

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  • Vox
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    • chuny chu
      chuny chu  5 days back

      Margaerys too were brilliant... During the wedding scene with geoffrry. His crown has rose buds intertwined... Goes to show how Margery had succeeded in wrapping him around her finger

      • Richard Hewitt
        Richard Hewitt  1 weeks back

        A good writer: show strength through character development.


        D&D: Just make them look strong with silly outfits and cut out all meaningful dialogue! STAR WARS HERE WE COME!

        • Sofii
          Sofii  2 weeks back

          Can we talk about how Sansa copied hairstyles of Women she looks up to? First, in Kings Landing she put her hair up and uses braids like Cersei. Then, when she escapes, she mimics her mother's Hairstyle and then after meeting danaerys, she mimics Danaerys's hairstyle(Ep 6 S8) then,
          SPOILER:




          when she became queen of winterfell, she is bare. No braids. Nothing. A fresh new start. This was from another comment from another video and I just wanted to share. :)

          • Avery Bui
            Avery Bui  2 weeks back

            Oh my darling Sansa 0:45

            • Esther K
              Esther K  3 weeks back

              Hahaha

              • N M
                N M  3 weeks back

                Neither are powerful in my opinion.

                • Tim Irwin
                  Tim Irwin  3 weeks back

                  Sansa was posing as little fingers niece not daughter. Obviously this was written by someone that's just jumping on something that's trending instead of writing out of passion and knowledge of the show.

                  • Fernando Adrián Pedernera

                    Thank you, this is the most interesting aspect i found in the series (that's not in the books, or at least, not in this depth). Great work by the costume designers <3

                    • John smith
                      John smith  3 weeks back

                      How GioGio uses costumes to show power

                      • julius jones
                        julius jones  3 weeks back

                        In all my 20 years on Tqgged you're the most beautiful WOMAN i've ever seen on here.

                        • LineOfCars
                          LineOfCars  3 weeks back

                          Wow using clothes to show social status, who would think of that...... Common guys that are the basis of civilization since it stated, you literally didn't present anything nex here, the only point of the video is to contain name Game of Thrones

                          • prospecops
                            prospecops  3 weeks back

                            Cool but in my opinion season nine had the best costumes

                            • Syaza Q
                              Syaza Q  3 weeks back

                              Should have put the other strong queen, Daenerys. Dany cers and sansa are all powerful queens

                              • Vivi
                                Vivi  3 weeks back

                                Very insightful! Thank you!

                                • Cza Tron
                                  Cza Tron  3 weeks back

                                  Omg do dannys wardrobe

                                  • L G
                                    L G  3 weeks back

                                    Super well-done and presented!!

                                    • Kalin Greene
                                      Kalin Greene  3 weeks back

                                      Wow I love how much detail the video informs you on



                                      Btw I make videos

                                      • Cheesus
                                        Cheesus  3 weeks back

                                        I’m still mad that they didn’t have a scene together in the final season

                                        • Katariina *****
                                          Katariina *****  3 weeks back

                                          Daenerys barely wore clothes on the first season.

                                          • Wehttam Setneuf
                                            Wehttam Setneuf  3 weeks back

                                            Love the video......but ma'am....that shirt you are wearing at the end....GOT to go🤮

                                          • Mae Fuller
                                            Mae Fuller  3 weeks back

                                            Could we get a full-length season by season outfit analysis show???

                                            • abi hein
                                              abi hein  3 weeks back

                                              I thought that Sansa was Littlefinger's "niece" when they travelled together? 4:26

                                              • Kalita Lamba
                                                Kalita Lamba  3 weeks back

                                                Would have loved to see this for Dany's costumes too

                                                • Amrutha Bhaskar
                                                  Amrutha Bhaskar  3 weeks back

                                                  Whatever! Dany's dresses were way more perfect ❤️💯🔥

                                                  • Iris
                                                    Iris  3 weeks back

                                                    I don't understand why you're hating on this video though. They didn't say Dany's costumes are worse xD Also, if you don't like this video, why are you still here xD

                                                • Adenar
                                                  Adenar  3 weeks back

                                                  Isn‘t the Stark color gray? Not blue?

                                                  • * nie *
                                                    * nie *  3 weeks back

                                                    Exactly, it uses costumes. But it doesn't use any plot for that.

                                                    • ssbbSephi
                                                      ssbbSephi  3 weeks back

                                                      well those 20.000 men of additional mercs fell fast. like, in 5 seconds and 1 dragon breath.

                                                      • Carlo Dionela
                                                        Carlo Dionela  3 weeks back

                                                        that's nice

                                                        • •Mothman•
                                                          •Mothman•  3 weeks back

                                                          if only I could actually see their outfits

                                                          • amerea
                                                            amerea  3 weeks back

                                                            I think it is not only their clothes, but everyone`s including Daenerys`s reflect getting ready to war/winter

                                                            • Gael Bagayana
                                                              Gael Bagayana  3 weeks back

                                                              The costumes were much better than the writing of season 8

                                                              • Nicholas DaRocha
                                                                Nicholas DaRocha  3 weeks back

                                                                My favorite dress was Sansa's final one. Its a combination of Cersei, Margaery, Littlefinger and the Stark logo. Her crown is a mixture of Cersei and Margaery's (with direwolves added for flare). Then the dress portion is feathers, thorns, Cersei's neck cuff, all with the fabrics of the Stark armor.

                                                                • Odette Gonzalez
                                                                  Odette Gonzalez  3 weeks back

                                                                  A1 video!

                                                                  • Mahrukh Waqar
                                                                    Mahrukh Waqar  3 weeks back

                                                                    Cersei looked so pretty in first seasons

                                                                    • Dangerously Pink
                                                                      Dangerously Pink  3 weeks back

                                                                      I feel like Cersei actually liked Sansa up until Joffrey’s death.

                                                                      • Min Cassy
                                                                        Min Cassy  3 weeks back

                                                                        True...even if she didn't like her, she have a soft spot for her. It seemed to me that she saw herself in Sansa.

                                                                    • suju pls
                                                                      suju pls  3 weeks back

                                                                      i dont even watch GOT but here i am bc the thumbnails woman is so beautiful

                                                                      • Brian
                                                                        Brian  3 weeks back

                                                                        0:08 One? What are you talking about? What about their hair cuts?

                                                                        • Josette Tyler
                                                                          Josette Tyler  4 weeks back

                                                                          Her wedding gown did not look purple. Her sash was to gradually show the Stark succumbing to the Lannister.

                                                                          • Davide Franco
                                                                            Davide Franco  4 weeks back

                                                                            I would have preferred a good writing, I don't give a f**k about what the costumes mean if the writing is disgusting, it actually makes me more infuriating. What a shame for a show that used to be perfect

                                                                            • Null kreativität
                                                                              Null kreativität  4 weeks back

                                                                              I loved their war wardrobe the most, it fitted them so well and looked amazing 😱

                                                                              • armawillo
                                                                                armawillo  4 weeks back

                                                                                costume design is one of my favorite things in the world you can do so much with it it's really great

                                                                                • Blake Foster
                                                                                  Blake Foster  4 weeks back

                                                                                  I have to say that this video was pointless.

                                                                                  • 원준
                                                                                    원준  4 weeks back

                                                                                    theres actually a lot of times where sansa's hairstyles n dresses mimicked cersei's to show how much she admired her as well as since she was living in the south... also although sansa HATES cersei now i think she still has that hidden admiration for how cunning n actually learned from her that having a sword or whatever isnt the only weapon u can have...

                                                                                    • BartJ583
                                                                                      BartJ583  4 weeks back

                                                                                      The costumes were great in the first few seasons and crappy in the end.

                                                                                      • Caye Sorensen
                                                                                        Caye Sorensen  4 weeks back

                                                                                        wish she mentions the stark furs too = it shows/marks Sansa return to winterfell

                                                                                        • MaLLinz289
                                                                                          MaLLinz289  4 weeks back

                                                                                          Could also just be the same costume designer with the same taste making dresses, but yknow, don't wanna rock the boat or nothing...

                                                                                          • Amanda
                                                                                            Amanda  4 weeks back

                                                                                            I thought for sure you guys were going to talk about Sansa's s8e6 dress when she's crowned Queen.. I hope you guys do eventually, literally took my breath away the detail of it!!!