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
    Vox   4 months back

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    • Yukihira Rin
      Yukihira Rin  2 months back

      In Korean drama, the characters also change their make up, hair style, and clothes style in later episode.

      • jasonxxx91
        jasonxxx91  3 weeks back

        Yukihira Rin Any examples?

    • Melisa
      Melisa  2 months back

      T t t too many spoilers. Will come back once I watched all the seasons.

      • Brandon Stennett
        Brandon Stennett  2 months back

        Hey ,favor could you guys explain the NO BAIL SWEDEN SITUATION ? would help us ASAP.

        • Drew A
          Drew A  2 months back

          Anyone else think Cersei's final costume (the red velvet thing) was the ugliest thing she's worn in all 8 seasons? I have no idea what they were thinking. Season 8 was so terrible.

          • Yash Nagda
            Yash Nagda  2 months back

            what about denny. she wear white and light colors and becomes a tyrant at the end.

            • Parodist
              Parodist  2 months back

              This is a cool video, man!

              • ryan eka
                ryan eka  2 months back

                Cercei still waitin the elephant

                • Fallen Devonish
                  Fallen Devonish  3 months back

                  skipping season 5

                  • Agent
                    Agent  3 months back

                    I was actually waiting for a reunion moment and see Sansa at least slap Cersei’s face. But didn’t happen. Oh well.. in the end, it became a battle between Cersei & Daenerys.

                    • chuny chu
                      chuny chu  3 months 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  3 months 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  3 months 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  3 months back

                            Oh my darling Sansa 0:45

                            • Esther K
                              Esther K  3 months back

                              Hahaha

                              • N M
                                N M  3 months back

                                Neither are powerful in my opinion.

                                • Tim Irwin
                                  Tim Irwin  3 months 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 months back

                                      How GioGio uses costumes to show power

                                      • julius jones
                                        julius jones  3 months back

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

                                        • LineOfCars
                                          LineOfCars  3 months 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 months back

                                            Cool but in my opinion season nine had the best costumes

                                            • Syaza Q
                                              Syaza Q  3 months back

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

                                              • Vivi
                                                Vivi  3 months back

                                                Very insightful! Thank you!

                                                • Cza Tron
                                                  Cza Tron  3 months back

                                                  Omg do dannys wardrobe

                                                  • L G
                                                    L G  3 months back

                                                    Super well-done and presented!!

                                                    • Kalin Greene
                                                      Kalin Greene  3 months back

                                                      Wow I love how much detail the video informs you on



                                                      Btw I make videos

                                                      • Cheesus
                                                        Cheesus  3 months back

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

                                                        • Katariina *****
                                                          Katariina *****  3 months back

                                                          Daenerys barely wore clothes on the first season.

                                                          • Wehttam Setneuf
                                                            Wehttam Setneuf  3 months back

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

                                                          • Mae Fuller
                                                            Mae Fuller  3 months back

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

                                                            • abi hein
                                                              abi hein  3 months back

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

                                                              • Kalita Lamba
                                                                Kalita Lamba  3 months back

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

                                                                • Amrutha Bhaskar
                                                                  Amrutha Bhaskar  3 months back

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

                                                                  • Iris
                                                                    Iris  3 months 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 months back

                                                                  Isn‘t the Stark color gray? Not blue?

                                                                  • * nie *
                                                                    * nie *  3 months back

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

                                                                    • ssbbSephi
                                                                      ssbbSephi  3 months back

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

                                                                      • Carlo Dionela
                                                                        Carlo Dionela  3 months back

                                                                        that's nice

                                                                        • •Mothman•
                                                                          •Mothman•  3 months back

                                                                          if only I could actually see their outfits

                                                                          • amerea
                                                                            amerea  3 months 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 months back

                                                                              The costumes were much better than the writing of season 8

                                                                              • Nicholas DaRocha
                                                                                Nicholas DaRocha  3 months 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 months back

                                                                                  A1 video!

                                                                                  • Mahrukh Waqar
                                                                                    Mahrukh Waqar  3 months back

                                                                                    Cersei looked so pretty in first seasons

                                                                                    • Dangerously Pink
                                                                                      Dangerously Pink  3 months back

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

                                                                                      • Min Cassy
                                                                                        Min Cassy  3 months 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 months back

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

                                                                                      • Brian
                                                                                        Brian  3 months back

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

                                                                                        • Josette Tyler
                                                                                          Josette Tyler  3 months back

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