Warning: Spoilers ahead!
Getting excited for all the upcoming Game of Thrones weddings? Sansa sure isn't. Neither is Cersei for that matter. And poor Ros! Ugh.
The most momentous thing to happen (from a fashion perspective) in the last episode--which passed with very little commentary by the characters--is that Brienne of Tarth wore a dress. A pink dress lined with fur at the bosom. This is kind of a big deal for someone who's always wearing armor.
We got all the scoop from costume designer Michele Clapton about what she was thinking when she designed that dress and how she wanted Brienne to look. Read on for the details, as well as the rest of the fashion from the episode.
Brienne Dresses Like a Girl:
(Unfortunately we don't have an image from HBO for that very brief glimpse of Brienne sitting at the table in a dress, but watch this space.) "Yes, Brienne does wear a dress, and it is given to her," Clapton told us over email. "So we imagined that it was an old dress left behind by someone else, probably stored in a trunk, so it was important that it looked a bit dusty and aged and faded. Velvet is great for this and we trimmed it with moth-eaten fur. It had to not fit properly, but actually we also wanted to make Brienne look good, not because she wanted to but actually in spite of herself!"
Last night, we only got a peek at the upper half of the dress, but here's what else you can try to spot next week: "It's a bit short, which means we see her boots--shoes would be a bridge too far for her!" Clapton said. "[The dress] is tight across the bust revealing a bit of cleavage which is mortifying to her and she tries to hide it. We actually see for the first time that she has a great shape and I wanted Jaime to be surprised. She thinks she looks ridiculous but she doesn't. This was important and Gwendoline [Christie, the actress who plays Brienne] completely agreed."
Even Malisandre's Saddle Is Red:
Is anyone else wishing Malisandre would stop being so serious? Also...her quilted saddle matches her outfit. Because she could not possibly sit on something that isn't red.
Tywin and Lady Olenna Go Head to Head:
Here are Tywin and Lady Olenna in their signature "armor." I really wanted to see Lady Olenna win this round, but I'm including this scene solely because of the term "sword swallower" which she used in relation to her grandson, Loras. And also the good dig she got in about incest.
Loras and Sansa Would Have Been a Good Couple:
Even though Loras is gay, these two would have been the best match. They both appreciate the small details of fashion. "That's a wonderful pin," says Sansa. "It's more of a brooch really," replies Loras. They could have made that sham marriage work.
Sansa Tries on Dresses for Joffrey's Wedding:
Sansa is getting a little bit more daring with her gowns, if this one with a bit of cleavage is any indication. We're actually kind of glad that they didn't actually show Tyrion dropping the news on Sansa and Shae. (Although, honestly of all the Lannister men, I'd choose Tyrion in a heartbeat.)
Cersei and Tyrion Are Finally Bonding?
They both look sad, but their garments are still very rich-looking.