Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Daenerys Costume Reference Pictures

Welcome back to my series on how I have created my Daenerys' Qarth gown.

As a part of my costume-creating process, reference images are essential. I love to pour over screen captures and other costumers interpretations of the outfit I wish to create.

I save images like mad, and regretfully I don't always remember where I've sourced my pictures from. I'm sharing the pictures that I think best illustrate the construction of her dress. Whilst I cannot cite every website I gained them from (I'm sorry! :() I do know that a lot of them are from Adoring Emilia Clarke. So here we have in no particular order:

Note how the shoulder pieces are attached! In my costume I have pleated the top of the fabric, sewn a seam, and folded the raw edge under. From here I hand stitched the fabric to the shoulder pieces. 

Here you can see the back of the cape ends in a vee shape. Dany's hair hides this feature mostly on her dress. I achieved this effect but cutting down the middle of my fabric and creating a rolled hem to the raw edges. I then ensured to sew this into a sharp point with my machine.

Another back of the dress shot. Luckily Daenerys wasn't embarrassed about other women wearing the same dress!

Here you can see how the cape is attached into the dress, and not flowing completely free.

Let's take a closer look! Here the cape attaches into the dress approximately 2 inches below the belt. Mine is sewn into the skirt seams with a French seam.

How very helpful of her handmaiden to hold up the dress for us! Sorry, not sure where I got this image from but it is compiled from screen-captures in the show.

And finally, here you can see how the gown has a bit of a train on it. I am fairly certain though that the dress in this photoshoot is different from the one she wears in the show. It seems to pool more around her feet in the show, whereas here it is floor-length with a train. I created the dress how I preferred to wear it (ie not wanting to trip!)

And so there you have it, some pictures and a bit of information that I can provide about my thought process surrounding them. I hope this has been able to help! Additionally, I hope to put up some more posts soon for the creation of the dress elements. Thank goodness for a long weekend this week hehe :D

Thanks for reading!


  1. Looking at these pictures I'm pretty sure I've gone and gotten too sheer a chiffon! Being an idiot I didn't even check on the weight just the colour!

    1. Please don't be too discouraged! I hope it will work out for you. I thought the dress was way too shear and it was going to be awful, but luckily this was not the case for me. I hope it will be the same for you. I wore flesh-coloured undergarments, just to be safe!

    2. Ha ha. I'm sure I'll think of something or maybe I'll just go with the flow! Hope you're having a nice week!

  2. Thank you so much for this post! I've been Googling images and screencapping episodes for references for a while now. These are perfect to compile with my others! Your blog is wonderfully helpful. Thanks so much! <3

    1. Hi Erika, thanks for your awesome words!! :) I'm really glad that this post was able to be a valuable resource for you <3

  3. Thank you so much for these! I'm making the dress bit (not the metals) as a commission, and seeing as I don't watch the show myself, I honestly would not have wanted to go through episodes to find references. Like based on Google searches I did before finding this, I wouldn't have realized the cape thing-y isn't completely separate. Thank you so much, I will be using this post constantly throughout my whole process of making it.


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