Watchers on the Wall Awards Season 7: Best New Costume – Preliminary Round

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We’re excited to roll out a new category this year for the Watchers on the Wall Awards! For the 2017 awards, we’ve decided to create a category celebrating one of Game of Thrones‘ strongest technical areas- the show’s costumes! Every season, GoT unveils dozens if not hundreds of new costumes, filling up the screen with color and personality, helping make the world of Westeros realer and more dramatic than ever.

We’ve gathered up the suggestions from our readers, and now it’s time to narrow down the nominees to just five, in our inaugural outing of Best New Costume!

The standard rules: Select up to FIVE nominees from each poll. You can choose fewer if you like, but you cannot choose more than 5 from each category. (Visit the initial WotW Awards post for a complete explanation of the rules and process.)

At the end of 72 hours (Saturday 11/18/17 at 2PM Eastern Time), whichever five costumes have the most votes will continue on to the finals. The results of the poll will be revealed when it’s time to choose the winners in a couple weeks.

Thanks to Greatjon of Slumber for tallying up the initial nominee suggestions. Time to vote!

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    1. I imainge Daenerys will crush this one, for good reason. But there’re good competitors:

      Cersei’s slashed-back dress with coat at the Dragonpit
      Daenerys in Targaryen red and black, with cape (worn to first meeting with Jon)
      Arya’s brown Ned-inspired Northern look (with cape)
      Euron’s starry doublet and rock star coat
      Daenerys’ gray brocade dress with high collar (outside meeting with Jon)

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    2. Jorah x 1000 (swoon)
      Cersei at Dragonpit
      Euron’s punk look
      Jon’s northern garb

      Everyone will vote for Dany, so I left it out just to balance a bit. 😁

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    3. * Daenerys’ white fur coat for the ice battle
      * Jorah’s new black armor, post-yellow shirt

      Fashion isn’t my thing, so I really don’t have much invested in this particular category. I thought Dany’s white coat in episode 6 was pretty awesome though. And I gave a second vote for Jorah simply because he’s been such a champ for wearing that damn yellow shirt for so many seasons. I’m glad he finally got something else to wear.

      But I agree with other posters. May as well just give this one to Dany now 🙂

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    4. Daenerys’ “Ghost Dragon Coat” is my #1 for the season. (I did like her Dragonpit outfit as well)
      Arya’s new Stark outfit got a vote from me as well.

      I did like others on the list… but I didn’t really care much for Cersei’s Dragonpit outfit. *shrug*

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    5. I loved Dany’s winter coat but all of Cersei’s outfits were stunning this season. My final picks were:

      Dany’s Winter Coat
      Cersei Dragonpit
      Cersei Map Room
      Tyrion Blue and black doublets

      …I thought Tyrion looked particularly dapper this season!

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    6. I am surprised Cersei’s black spiky mad queen dress wasn’t nominated (the one she wears with Ellaria and tyene), that dress was amazing!

      My nominees were:
      – Ellaria’s coat: she took a masculin costume and transformed it into a sexy and powerful (and bright!) outfit, she looked amazing on it.
      – Daenery’s winter coat, it was the best costume of all the season, simply outstanding, she looked like a Nordic goddess.
      – Sansa’s flayed dress, This wasn’t sansa’s Best season in terms of costumes, I have to recognize I was a little bit disappointed, but I actually enjoyed the flayed dress with the only fur pelt on it, I looked feminine, powerful, sexy and northern, I loved it. It looked great on her.
      – Daenery’s dress when she meets with Jon: being a Dany fan to the core, it was so emotional for me to see her in the Targaryen colors, reclaiming her identity.
      – Cersei’s dragonpit costume: During 7 seasons we have seen Cersei armouring herself (the belts, the corset, the shoulder pads…), but that was her ultimate transformation, she wore full armour to the dragonpit meeting, I mean, it was literally a Chainmail dress! Loved it!
      However, I have to say that even though I loved Michele Clapton’s ideas, something went wrong in the execution… Cersei’s dragonpit dress was extraordinary and all but there was something wrong with the hen, the black spiky dress that I mentioned before was too flat on the back and finally her squared dress was a little bit shaggy on the chest…I know, I know, I am nitpicking, but Michele Clapton is a genius and her designs are always top notch, i expect nothing but perfection from her.

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    7. • Arya’s brown Ned-inspired Northern look (with cape). Don’t forget the boots! My sisters are dying to know where to buy them.

      For me, the best costumes tell a story. Arya’s functional, Ned-channeling combat suit mirrors her blossoming into a full-fledged warrior princess – and was a welcome change after six seasons in dirty orphan’s rags, Faceless Man School bathrobes, and drab travelwear.

      • I voted for “Sansa’s flayed gown with fur cape”…Was that the outfit with the hoodie she wore on the battlements in Episode 7 when she ordered her guard to “have my sister brought to the great hall”?

      • Lena Headey could wear a plastic trash can liner and look fabulous. I had to vote for Cersei’s three outfits.

      • I was gonna vote for Dany’s snow white flight suit…but thanks to Disney media saturation, I couldn’t get the image of Elsa from “Frozen” out of my head.

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    8. Ginevra:
      Through a sea and season of drab, the dragonback cloak of snowy softness reigns over this world like the dragon that she is.

      Hey, that was beautiful. 💙

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    9. With respect your Grace, I don’t need your permission I am a King

      Jon’s King in the North armor with direwolf gorget

      Sansa’s Flayed gown with furred cape

      Jaime’s dark, simple armor, as he heads north

      Daenerys in Targaryen red and black, with cape (worn to first meeting with Jon)

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    10. The beautiful white coat worn by Daenerys will walk it and deservedly so but Lyanna’s wedding dress was very beautiful if you take a good look at it. The northern collar (as per Catelyn’s and Sansa’s) was lovely.

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    11. 2 for Danny, 1 for Arya, 1 for Cersei and 1 for Sansa.
      I wonder, will they add a mockingbird or Titan to Sansa’s outfit next year??

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    12. Euron Rockstar
      Cersei squared leather
      Jorah being un-yellow shirted
      Sansa’s flayed gown

      Dany’s stunning white coat, FTW. I couldn’t NOT vote for it.

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    13. Jon, Arya, Cersei’s Dragon Pit outfit, Dany’s white fur ensemble she wore while trying to save Beyond the Wall from disaster. I was thrilled Arya and Jorah got some decent garb at last. Euron’s bizarre rock star duds would have been my choice 5 for their sheer effrontery, but otherwise IMO they did not fit in. But kudos to Michelle Clapton for overcoming the drawbacks of padded, dark, wintery costumes needed for the Long Night.

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    14. I agree with Alvaricomg,

      Why do you not nominate the gorgeous dress that Cersei is wearing when she takes revenge against Ellaria?
      This is definitely with her Coronation gown the most beautiful costume she ever had.

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    15. -Daenerys’ white fur coat for the ice battle (I confess that I actually didn’t want to nominate this because I think it’s almost guaranteed to sweep the actual vote, but even if it’s overrated, this was still incredibly striking and memorable–and I’m not even a big fan of most of Dany’s wardrobe.)

      -Lyanna Stark’s wedding dress (My favorite female costume of the season.)

      -Jaime’s dark, simple armor, as he heads north (Absolutely loved this. Says so much with so little.)

      -Cersei’s black leather gown in the map room (Naturally, Cersei owned this look, and I’m hugely biased towards leather.)

      And last but definitely NOT least…

      -Rock star Euron!!! (Definitely the costume on the show I’d personally like to wear the most.)

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    16. Dany’s white coat, of course. It was beautiful, appropriate for the situation (freakishly cold weather, frozen beings, and looking hot to impress Jon. It worked.) and she looked amazing in it. Also, the fine tailoring of it was perfect and unexpected. All of the other characters wear fur still mostly in the shape of the animal from which it was taken, plopped atop their shoulders. This coat showed fine workmanship and perfect fit, as befits a queen.

      Jorah’s new outfit, without that horrible yellow shirt. He looked strong and somewhat royal, as a talented, tested, worthy Lord should look, finally.

      Sansa’s outfit, as befits an busy Lady, assured of her position and needing something that looks lush but doesn’t get in her way throughout the day. She’s no longer the little girl, Sansa is a woman now, and this costume made her look it.

      Arya’s outfit. I wished the top hadn’t flattened her quite so much, but overall, it was clean, beautifully made and suited her purposes to a tee. The leather was soft, of excellent quality and finely tailored. It allowed her to move fast and fluidly, as shown in her scene with Brienne, yet was of a quality that showed her as a person of merit, someone to be reckoned with.

      Jon’s outfit, a man, a king, but then I’d vote for the way Jon looks no matter what.

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    17. I’ll have to go back and watch the part with Lyanna’s gown. I think I was so drawn into the whole moment and its importance, I forgot to check out her gown, which is unusual for me. I think I was more distracted by Rhaegar and what I expected him to look like.

      Loved Jaime’s new outfit, too. The black, non-Lannister armor suited him and his state of mind perfectly. It was somehow … calmer … as he appeared to be emotionally as he rode off into his new life.

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    18. Daenerys’ white fur coat for the ice battle (Even in a show and a season filled with incredible new costumes, this is the runaway winner in my mind. Instantly indelible. It’s not even remotely close).

      Daenerys in Targaryen red and black, with cape (worn to first meeting with Jon) (I probably could have filled my entire ballot with Dany’s costumes alone, but limited myself to two).

      Jon’s King in the North armor with direwolf gorget

      Cersei’s slashed-back dress with coat at the Dragonpit

      Arya’s brown Ned-inspired Northern look (with cape)

      Honorable Mentions:

      -Euron’s starry doublet and rock star coat (This new look was a key part of what helped make Euron a breakout character, especially in the early part of the season).
      -Jorah’s new black armor, post-yellow shirt
      -Jaime’s dark, simple armor, as he heads north
      -Daenerys’ dark fur-lined coat, worn into the fire battle
      -Lyanna Stark’s wedding dress

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    19. Alvaricomg,

      Stupid question from a sartorially-challenged amateur if you don’t mind answering it:

      What is a “flayed gown”? I hope that describes a style or cut, and does not refer to a Bolton sigil pattern.

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    20. In a sea of tiresomely black outfits (the Dragonpit sequence just highlights how samey everybody looks), Dany’s white coat stands out like a beacon of more striking design.

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    21. Cersei’s slashed-back dress with coat at the dragonpit
      Daenerys’ white fur coat for the ice battle
      Lyanna Stark’s wedding dress
      Jaime’s dark, simple armor, as he heads north
      Jon’s King in the North armor with direwolf gorget

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    22. Ten Bears,

      It’s basically what you said, the “flayed gown” is not a fashion term or anything like that, it’s just the way I (and the watchers on the wall mods) described it because the pattern on the dress resembles the sigil of house Bolton 😅

      Sorry if wasn’t the answer you were expecting 😂

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    23. Damn, I can’t believe I didn’t nom Jon’s wildling couture!!!

      Cersei dragon pit
      Dany winter coat
      Arya northern gear
      Sansa’s flayed frock
      Jon’s direwolf armor

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    24. I think the 1 costume that left me breathless this season was Danys white winter dress and we all know Sansa is my favourite but Danys dress was fookin amazing

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    25. Ten Bears:
      Alvaricomg,

      Stupid question from a sartorially-challenged amateur if you don’t mind answering it:

      What is a “flayed gown”? I hope that describes a style or cut, and does not refer to a Bolton sigil pattern.

      Her dress has the pattern of the Bolton’s flayed man, symbolically Sansa is wearing the skin of the Boltons, it was what the Boltons use to do to their enemies ( Mostly Starks ).

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    26. Alvaricomg:
      Ten Bears,

      It’s basically what you said, the “flayed gown” is not a fashion term or anything like that, it’s just the way I (and the watchers on the wall mods) described it because the pattern on the dress resembles the sigil of house Bolton 😅

      Sorry if wasn’t the answer you were expecting 😂

      Actually, I thought it might be the Bolton flayed man sigil, but I was too embarrassed to admit it. 🤢. I remember when the EW pictures came out before the season, and there was discussion whether the patterns on Sansa’s dress were diamonds – or the flayed man insignia. (Goes to show you what kind of minutiae we diehard fans obsess over in the offseason).

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    27. Cassie:
      Why do you not nominate the gorgeous dress that Cersei is wearing when she takes revenge against Ellaria?

      The nominations come from you, the readers. You didn’t nominate it! So, it’s not in the poll.

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    28. Not one of the costumes from the last season stood out for me at all- they were all really similar, lacked any real imagination and had way too much emphasis on dark colours. Almost every costume Dany wore resembled a prison officers uniform and Cersei’s outfits were borderline ridiculous- one even looked like black bubblewrap. 🙈😬

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    29. Dany is taking home the prize. And rightfully so. Her costume was so drastically different than anything else in the best way possible.

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    30. Clob:

      I did like others on the list… but I didn’t really care much for Cersei’s Dragonpit outfit. *shrug*

      That hoop bottom and misshapen hem didn’t do it for ya? Yeah, me either.

      Sean C.:
      In a sea of tiresomely black outfits (the Dragonpit sequence just highlights how samey everybody looks), Dany’s white coat stands out like a beacon of more striking design.

      That it stood out so much could be a factor in why I didn’t like it. Hated it, in fact. It seemed absurdly out of place; I didn’t like that dirty brown scaling on the back and the gloves….looked like she was dead from the wrists down.

      Loved everything else she wore, though.

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    31. Sean C.: In a sea of tiresomely black outfits (the Dragonpit sequence just highlights how samey everybody looks), Dany’s white coat stands out like a beacon of more striking design.

      Here, here! My vision isn’t the best, and all the tiresome black, paired with dark (“natural light”) sets makes it near impossible for me to appreciate the costumes – or sets.

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    32. Grail King: Her dress has the pattern of the Bolton’s flayed man, symbolically Sansa is wearing the skin of the Boltons, it was what the Boltons use to do to their enemies ( Mostly Starks ).
      “Wearing the skin”? More like taking on the sigil and other brutal practices of the flaying Boltons. As Ramsey observed, he will always be a part of her now. Is this really what Sansa wants?

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    33. Dany’s white fur coat was the most impressive. Looks like that will be the winner.

      I also liked Missandei’s new look and Jorah finally getting shot of that yellow shirt. Euron looked the part, so he got a vote also 🙂

      1. Daenerys’ white fur coat for the ice battle
      2. Missandei’s leather harness with coat and trousers
      3. Jorah’s new black armor, post-yellow shirt
      4. Daenerys in Targaryen red and black, with cape (worn to first meeting with Jon)
      5. Euron’s starry doublet and rock star coat

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    34. If I can’t remember what it looks like and instantly recreate it in my head, it’s not a winner.

      I recall vividly Dany’s winter coat, Missandei’s outfit(because it’s so unlike anything else the women are wearing), and Cersei’s beaded gown in the dungeon with Ellaria. Sadly, Cersai’s wasn’t nominated. Only thing about that dress I didn’t like was the kind of turtleneck looking thing under the beading at the neck…wish they had trimmed it to follow the contour of the beading.

      What the hell am I saying… I’m no designer.

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    35. Cersei – dragon pit garb.
      Sansa
      Jorah
      Tyrion
      Danny – homecoming queen.

      So glad Jaime is out of that overblown Lannister armour, loved his new leathers, but couldn’t remember them as well as the other costumes so left it off my list. Loved Arya’s outfit, too, but we only get 5 votes…

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    36. It must be said, I found this season’s costuming deeply disappointing. Partly because we have so fewer factions and characters, we don’t get the variety or contrast we used to. But mostly because of the unaccountable decision to have everyone in black. Even though Jon is technically not in the Black anymore, and has some very welcome browns, it’s still not quite enough. I want to see some Stark white, especially from Sansa.

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    37. Unlike many viewers, I loved the costumes this season. While I do understand why so many people miss the color and airiness of the Tyrells, Martells, and Sands (not to mention Essos!), I appreciate costuming from the point of character motivation first and aesthetic pleasure second. This might be because of all the lessons taught to me by my grandmother, who worked at Warner Bros. during WWII and NBC in the 50s, and for whom Now, Voyager provided one of the greatest lessons about how clothes reflect so much about a person…

      But I digress.

      Daenerys’s white fur coat for the Ice battle. Duh. Beautiful. Just beautiful. And besides being beautiful, perhaps the only time (I’d have to go back and look at all of the outfits) she didn’t wear some variation of red-and-black. For the mission north, Dany went full North, not only with the fur but also with the colors. As a big fan of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, it made me swoon; having grown up in the tropics (okay, subtropics), that coat was the distillation of all the childhood fantasies I had about what mythical northern royalty is supposed to look like.

      Lyanna Stark’s wedding dress. Stunning in a completely different way, as it drew from so much imagery that I associate with illustrations from late-19th and early-20th century commercial art and fairy-tale books. My first thought was Waterhouse, my second was Mucha. Both are favorites from the period.

      Jaime’s dark, simple armor as he heads north. Confession #1: I’ve never been a Jaime fangirl. I’ve always loved the character’s development in the books and NKW’s portrayal of him in the show, but he doesn’t make me swoon the way, say, certain Scottishmen make me swoon. But swooning is not necessary to appreciate a great character’s evolution, thank the old gods and the new. Confession #2: In a very rocky season punctuated by some truly breathtaking scenes, this was, most unexpectedly, my favorite. I gasped when I saw Jaime’s dark armor, dark glove covering his golden hand, and dark horse. It affected me far more deeply than several of the scenes that were “supposed” to affect me. And when I think of S7 and all my very mixed thoughts about it, I keep coming back to Jaime leaving King’s Landing as being the most perfect moment. It would not have been so had he not been properly attired for it, so this is my vote for #1. Not because it’s the most beautiful or the showiest, but because it’s the most meaningful.

      Cersei’s black leather gown in the map room. It certainly isn’t the loveliest costume Cersei wore this season, but to me it was the most revealing. First, it was the closest to what Tywin would have worn—essentially a variation on Tywin’s striking knee-length number from “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” minus a few buttons and a belt, fitted for a woman’s form, and floor-length. Second, she wore no hoop under it, as she did under the Dragonpit dress; there was no capitulation to the rigid standards of femininity in court dress, presumably because she was in the company of only the artist and Jaime. Third (and in the same vein), there were none of the metal accoutrements seen in other scenes—no chains, epaulets, or stiff embroidery. Again, to me this indicated both her desire to incarnate Tywin and her comfort with Jaime, without feeling the necessity to steel herself with symbols of name, station, or womanhood.

      Sansa’s Flayed gown with fur cape. I love this outfit. (I realize that’s controversial, but there ‘tis.) To me it reflects both Sansa’s newfound strength and, perhaps unwittingly (perhaps not), the fact that she was Ramsay’s most recent (and thankfully last) victim. The dark leather and fur are fully Northern, reflecting her belated but fully-realized embrace of her Stark identity following a childhood and adolescence saturated by fantasies of the glamour of southron courts. The subtle references to the Boltons reflect both her status as the (presumed) lady of the Dreadfort and, more important, her ultimate triumph over Ramsay. (Yes, I know: ‘Twould have been impossible without Theon, Brienne and Jon. Let’s not go there.) And the materials and accessories serve as physical protection against anyone thinking to do what Ramsay did on their wedding night: a would-be rapist would have to cut through chains and belts before attempting to tear leather, by which time our Sansa, a far tougher woman than the girl the Hound rescued from the mob in King’s Landing, would have choked the fucker with aforementioned chains. So there.

      Honorable Mention:
      Jon’s King in the North armor with direwolf gorget. Because I love the gorget. How could I not?

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    38. For me season 7 was a letdown when it came to costumes.

      The previous seasons (perhaps except for Cersei’s new, modern look in the end of season 6) I had loved all of the costumes more or less. They felt “real” and seemed to originate within this particular time frame (and yes, I’m aware that there is no true time frame as this is fantasy but somehow they had managed to create all these different outfits and make it look as if they were in the same universe.)

      In season 7 however, although I am aware that the change in color from vivid or bright to dark and “glum” is very much the costume department’s way of showing us that Winter Is Here, I really felt that the leather designs – instead of looking right, looked liked they had been taken right out of an 80s movie or television show. The leather looked like shiny rubber, the style seemed too slick/modern/sexy for lack of a better description. The sense of this being a real “time” in “history” got lost for me. This goes for Euron’s new look in particular, but for Cersei’s look, Tyrion’s, and Danaerys’ too. I thought it was a great shame because up until then, the costumes had made a huge impact on me and impressed me greatly.

      So… in conclusion, I am not a fan of the new costumes but I ended up giving Ser Jorah’s my vote. His new outfit still looked as if it could have been made in the GoT universe by tailors and “designers” of that “time”.

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    39. singedbylife,

      “For me season 7 was a letdown when it came to costumes.”
      ———————

      May I ask you to check out Arya in the first five seconds when she enters the WF courtyard where Brienne’s sparring with Pod in S7e4? Her costume is magnificent. We only get to see it for a few seconds, because first she does that distracting, wonderful dagger twirl, and soon enough she’s holding her own with Needle against Brienne til the sparring match ends in a draw when Arya does that kickass dagger flip.

      (Yes. I confess. I am an Arya fanboy.)

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    40. Apollo: Not one of the costumes from the last season stood out for me at all- they were all really similar, lacked any real imagination and had way too much emphasis on dark colours. Almost every costume Dany wore resembled a prison officers uniform and Cersei’s outfits were borderline ridiculous- one even looked like black bubblewrap.

      This. There was nothing at all that wowed me. There may well have been clever detailing in some of the costumes, but it was lost in the unrelenting drabness.

      Daenerys’s white coat stood out, but only because it wasn’t grey or black. It wouldn’t have seemed so spectacular if the other costumes had been more varied.

      And “Targaryen red and black”? It would have been good to see some real red, instead of the colour of an old bloodstain.

      Lyanna Stark’s wedding dress looked like one of my mum’s old nighties.

      Voting for Tyene’s coat because it wasn’t black or grey. I liked Ellaria’s coat in that scene too. But that’s all.

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    41. zandru:
      Grail King: Her dress has the pattern of the Bolton’s flayed man, symbolically Sansa is wearing the skin of the Boltons, it was what the Boltons use to do to their enemies ( Mostly Starks ).
      “Wearing the skin”? More like taking on the sigil and other brutal practices of the flaying Boltons. As Ramsey observed, he will always be a part of her now. Is this really what Sansa wants?

      Show me where Sansa has taken on such practice? and Ramsey’s death doesn’t count.
      She has shown no propensity to act in a savage or brutal way, Arya, Joffery and Cersei are closer, though Arya is more justice then the Queen and son but just barely.

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    42. Grandmaester Flash:

      And “Targaryen red and black”?It would have been good to see some real red, instead of the colour of an old bloodstain.

      I’m glad they went with a darker red (maroon/wine) because black + a brighter red is very tricky. It can look cheap and garish and evoke a “saloon whore c. 1880” kind of aesthetic.

      That’s also why I’m glad nobody nominated Cersei’s black satin dress (the one she wore to receive Euron’s gift and to torture Ellaria and Tyene). Satin, esp. dark, has to fit perfectly, preferrably bias-cut, otherwise it also looks cheap. Shame about the wonderful embroidery and detailling being wasted on an ill-fitting satin dress.

      Cersei got on my shortlist (#3) with the map room dress. The dress emulates her Tywin look but like Wolfish said above, in a scene with just Jaime (and the poor artist), she doesn’t feel the need for metal armour, chains, elaborate embroidery, spikes etc.

      My absolute #1 favourite is Dany’s white winter coat. I wanted to wear that for Halloween but didn’t have time to make one. Next year…

      My second place goes to Jaime’s new, simple, even sombre, armour. The jerkin is what Pod (an old Lannister squire) wears… Though Jaime’s cloak looks suspiciously much like the one Stannis(!) used to wear! (Go and check old pictures!) The costume looked great on NCW, but most of all I liked the story-telling point. No more bright and shiny KG or Lannister armour, just serviceable, practical garb like any other men-at-arms fighting in the Great War. (He also changed his horse from the white charger so obligatory to his image of a “knight in shining armour”, to a more ordinary looking dark bay or chestnut… A horse is part of a knight’s costume, isn’t it?)

      Fourth on my shortlist is Sansa’s “flayed” dress, because of the symbolism (wearing the Boltons’ “skin” like the Boltons used to wear the actual skins of their enemies, also the elaborate, wide belt and chains = armour) plus it’s just a beautiful piece of couture.

      Fifth: Pod’s fur cloak. Just because! 😀

      Honourable mentions:
      Cersei’s Dragonpit outfit – fabulous, but felt a bit too modern.
      Arya’s “Ned” costume – so cute! And very symbolic, of course.
      Dany’s “dragon queen” costume when meeting Jon for the first time – I love, love, love the “dragonscale” cape!

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    43. Singedbylife,

      The EW photoshoot preceding S7 focusing on the Starks provided really good images of the S7 costumes of Sansa, Jon, Bran…and especially Arya. (There’s a great picture of Jon in his KitN garb cradling a smiling Arya in his arms. 😊)

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    44. Semi-Off Topic, Semi-On Topic: I wish they’d give Sandor some (new) armor. I haven’t been thrilled with his “civilian” attire ever since he came back in S6e7.

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    45. Ten Bears,

      Sorry to go O/T but it’s still about costumes… I thought this might interest you, our #1 Sandor fan. I wrote an overly long comment about Sandor’s costumes and their symbolism about a year ago, can’t remember when or in response to which article.

      The point was that he starts in full armour, with the scary hound’s head helmet. As the story progresses, his armour is gradually falling apart. Michelle Clapton confirmed in an interview that it wasn’t intentional at first, and a huge continuity problem, but then they went with it because it fit the story. The culmination of that story was in S4 when he was, for the first time in the series, in his shirtsleeves (=vulnerable), first rejected Arya’s help, then told her his story, and finally let Arya help. Ah, the feels I still get.

      When Sandor came back in S6, he was wearing roughspun (=not fancy) soft fabrics in natural, earthy tones. He then wanted the good, sturdy soldier’s boots from one of the rogue BwB guys he and Beric/Thoros were about to hang.

      In the beginning of S7, he’s also wearing hanged rogue BwB Lem Lemoncloak’s cloak, and his attire seems more martial again, though nothing like his old “Hound” armour. Then it’s time for Wildling furs for the mission beyond the Wall. But notice how the official wight babysitter has been given nice, clean, almost fancy(!) clothes when they go to the Dragonpit summit. He’s been accepted at King Jon’s court.

      Very much looking forward to what he might wear next season!

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    46. Ten Bears: What’s “feinting”? What’s “fainting”?

      Oh. Ha! It should have been ‘fainting.’ 😛
      That WAS one of the best Ygritte scenes. I can imagine Rose teasing Kit like that.

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    47. *CORRECTION*

      In my earlier post I incorrectly listed the ones I voted on my shortlist. I got carried away by all the love for Dany’s winter coat expressed in the comments. I voted long before I read the comments and commented myself. So my real shortlist was and still is:

      1. Ellaria’s pointy-shouldered brocade coat – how could I forget this! My absolute favourite in all GoT seasons. It’s such a sublimely beautiful piece of tailoring and couture that my jaw dropped. I want, want, want! Still haven’t figured out how to make that for myself, working on it.
      2. Dany’s white fur winter coat – see my comment above.
      3. Jaime’s new armour (and horse) – see my comment above.
      4. Cersei’s map room costume – see my comment above.
      5. Pod’s fur cloak – just because!

      So the honourable mentions are:
      Sansa’s “flayed” dress
      Cersei’s Dragonpit dress
      Arya’s “Ned” costume
      Dany’s “dragonscale” cape.
      The explanations are in my earlier comment.

      Apologies for my confusion.

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    48. I loved Jaime’s northern wear because of its symbolism, and because he looked amazing. Rugged and more similar to his Season 2/Season 3 costumes. I can just imagine Brienne’s reaction.

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    49. Alvaricomg,

      I also thought that Cersei’s dragonpit outfit had a faulty hem. I have seen this scene like 5-6 times and that hem really annoys me, each and every time. I am glad I was not the only one to notice. Other than that, Cersei had a good look

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    50. Absolutely agree- that outfit was god awful too. So badly made- I mean, surely someone in wardrobe (or any of the crew for that matter) must’ve seen how obvious that hem looked in broad daylight?!

      And all this stuff about Cersei’s latest look being intended as a nod to Tywin really hacks me off. She’s the damn Queen of the 7(ish) Kingdoms, she took the throne and power for herself, and yet they have her dressed to emulate her ol’ dead Pop. Patriarchy at its best.. must do better, HBO 🙄

      Sou:
      Alvaricomg,

      I also thought that Cersei’s dragonpit outfit had a faulty hem. I have seen this scene like 5-6 times and that hem really annoys me, each and every time. I am glad I was not the only one to notice. Other than that, Cersei had a good look

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    51. Grail King: Show me where Sansa has taken on such practice? and Ramsey’s death doesn’t count.

      Ramsey’s death certainly does count. And it’s really of great significance that she’s honoring the Bolton “heritage” – as if she’s straddling her Stark (old lords of Winterfell) vs Bolton (currently Iron-Throne-sanctioned lords of Winterfell) connections in order to be on both sides at once. Sansa Tully Stark Lannister Bolton! She’s even an in-law to the Evil Queen!

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    52. Sou,

      I know right? The idea was so good but (again) something went wrong with the execution, I know, we are being nitpicky, but GOD, that hem really annoyed me!
      If you look closely you see that she doesn’t wear the hem when she is sitting so perhaps it was broken or something….
      Anyway, I am Glad to know that I am not alone 😊

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    53. Apollo: And all this stuff about Cersei’s latest look being intended as a nod to Tywin really hacks me off. She’s the damn Queen of the 7(ish) Kingdoms, she took the throne and power for herself, and yet they have her dressed to emulate her ol’ dead Pop. Patriarchy at its best.. must do better, HBO

      I think the writers (and not HBO) are suggesting that Cersei herself would choose to emulate her “ol’ dead Pop” – or at least, to remind people of her connection to him, and how she, too, embodies the Lannister’s ruthless power. I’d say this would be a legitimate move.

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    54. I can’t remember enough about costumes in series 7 – other than Jaime’s black clothes when he was leaving KL, and Jon’s new outfit with the gorget. I need to re-watch, or have photos, and as I’ll be re-watching 7 with a friend when she visits in just over a weeks’s time, all is on hold…
      So I’ll vote for only these two costumes and wait to see what the final short-list is.

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    55. Ten Bears,

      OK, saw the pics and you’re right. I didn’t notice that it was in fact a new costume because it blended in with the “GoT look” so seamlessly. My bad. It’s good.

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    56. Clob: Oh. Ha! It should have been ‘fainting.’😛
      That WAS one of the best Ygritte scenes.I can imagine Rose teasing Kit like that.

      Ygrtte: “Oh, a spider! Save me, Jon Snow. My dress is made of the purest silk from Tralalalaleeday.”
      (She falls into his arms)
      Jon: “I’d like to see you in a silk dress.”

      There’s the real tragedy: We never got to see the costume designers make a dress for Ygritte out of the purest silk from Tralalalaleeday. 🏹

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    57. talvikorppi,

      Thank you for that Sandor costume analysis! (Wish I could find the post you said you wrote ~ a year ago.)
      I also appreciated your analysis of Sandor’s clothing in my second favorite Sandor scene of all time: when he first lashes out at Arya, then softens up and tells her about Gregor burning him; the physical pain; and worst of all, the emotional trauma because it was his own brother who did it – and his father covered for Gregor.
      Your observation was right on point: he drops his metaphorical “armor” and shows vulnerability in that scene in which he’s also taken off his actual armor.
      And you’re right about “the feels.” Especially when he looked up at Arya with those sad eyes and said: “You think you’re alone?”

      PS. I think it was Thronetender who coined the term “high thread-count” scene. This was one of them. Rich in dialogue and character development.

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    58. Champion: Dany (White Fur)

      Runner Up: Arya in Stark gear

      All the rest were cool but those 2 were ICONIC!!!

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    59. Has to be Dany’s winter coat! That was a thing of beauty and it made me think of her wedding gift from the Dothraki in the first book, a gown made of the skins of a thousand mice.

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    60. My votes for best costume were:
      1. Daeny’ white coat.
      2. Ellaria’s coat.
      3. Arya’s northern garb.
      4.Sansa’s flayed gown.
      5. Tyene’s golden yellow coat.

      OT. I just watched a trailer for Gunpowder and it looks great. It was picked up by HBO and will begin airing on Dec 18.

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