Because of my hair, I rarely, rarely get recognized, but I was in America couple of weeks ago, and I was in a lift in a department store and the doors opened and this woman stood there, looked at me and just went, “Khaleesi!” and then the doors closed! So that was bizarre and rarely happens but when it does it’s normally on that kind of crazy scale.
Embroidered details in Game of Thrones
‘Michele Carragher is a London-based Hand Embroiderer and Illustrator who has been working in costume on film and television productions for over 15 years. She studied Fashion Design at The London College of Fashion, where the course incorporated design, pattern cutting, garment construction, embroidery, millinery and illustration. At the same time she attended a three year evening course in Saddlery at Cordwainers College learning skills in leatherwork.
After leaving college Michele worked in Textile Conservation, repairing and restoring historical textiles for private collectors and museums, specialising in hand embroidery. She then moved into a career in costume for film and television, initially working as a Costume Assistant/Maker on productions such as the BBC’s Our Mutual Friend, ITV’s David Copperfield and Mansfield Park. She soon gravitated towards the decoration and embellishment of costumes, using skills in hand embroidery and surface decoration, taking inspiration from the many historical textiles she had encountered working as a Textile Conservator.
The first production that saw her undertake the role of a Principal Costume Embroiderer was for HBO’s 2005 Emmy Costume award-winning production of Elizabeth 1. Her most recent work has been on HBO’s 2012 Costume award-winning television series Game of Thrones, working on all three seasons.
As a Costume Embroiderer Michele specialises in hand embroidery and surface embellishment, using traditional hand embroidery techniques, smocking, beading and surface decoration. She works directly onto the completed garment or starts with motifs and textures on silk crepeline/organza, which are applied to the costume and then worked into once on the actual garment. She also works on existing machine embroidery designs that are not too dense, adding some hand stitching and beading to give a more authentic, hand-finished look.
Michele finds hand embroidery has more flexibility and diversity than that of embroidery created by machine, as there is a greater variety of thread choice and colours to use. It is also possible to work more easily on garments that are already constructed. However, machine embroidery in combination with hand work can be very useful when completing many repeats by creating light outlines or a less dense machine stitch, work can then be completed by hand and again can be carried out on a finished garment.
Michele is a highly creative Costume Embroiderer, producing original designs as well as working closely to a costume designer’s brief to create their desired look.’
Text and images from http://www.michelecarragherembroidery.com
God, that embroidery is so gorgeous! I had no idea that third dress was so detailed after seeing it on the show… Amazing work.
Game of Thrones semi-minimal house sigils by lnochi
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i had to present my preliminary final paper topic for my fan culture and celebrity class to a room full of people who knew very little about game of thrones. this was my resulting power point (with me using lots more words then what is shown, obviously, but this gives you the general idea). i‘m sure my actual paper will end up on here eventually and we can see how much my argument has grown!!!! it’s not due for a whole week tho, so everybody calm down.
I wish that this had also covered the fan reception to Dany, which I’ve seen be super duuuper mixed for really weird reasons (the weakest thing I’ve heard was someone who didn’t like daenerys because “all she does is yell at people”). I totally wanna read this paper once it’s up!
Equally as important to the fan reaction is the writers’ intentions. As great as the ladies in GoT are, it can be very difficult to watch the tv adaptation and how it routinely strips most of the lady characters of respect and power they held in the books.
Several characters such as Asha/Yara Greyjoy and Brienne Tarth are somewhere in the middle of the spectrum that is established from the very start by Sansa and Arya, and what it means to be a woman in Westeros -and what it means to rebel. They do not suffer from the internalized misogyny that affects characters like Arya and Cersei. They are comfortable being outside the realm of typically and acceptably feminine.
In the books, Asha muses on why men use the word cunt as an insult against women. In the show, she throws the slur around herself. In the show. Brienne compares Jaime to a woman as an insult, when in the books she believes that all women are strong and heroic, even those who do not take up arms. She compares childbirth to battle. The Mormont ladies get no attention on the show at all, but are women of the North who have trained and taken up arms and fight for Robb Stark. Even their allies look on them with scorn.
Catelyn Stark is a hugely divisive character as many book fans know -but she is reduced to barely a side character, constantly berated by her son and often gaslighted for the sake of making her son’s deeds look More Heroic, instead of her being his rock and anchor during a time that weighed heavily on him.
I loved the first season of the show -the changes were fun and new and exciting, but kept to the overall narrative and tone. I’m not just complaining because IT’S NOT LIKE THE BOOOOKS (and the books have their own issues) but I can barely stomach how the writers take every opportunity to strip the lady characters of the depth and power they had in the books. They won’t even let Dany have her own ideas -half her plans somehow come out of Jorah’s mouth instead.
Melisandre is stripped down from a powerful sorceress that everyone with sense on Dragonstone fears or idolizes to being there to provide Stannis with an heir??? He has an heir and her name is Shireen. His wife is now a sickly waif obsessive over the loss of her stillborn children, because Lysa Arryn filling the creepy unhinged mother of stillborns wasn’t enough. Selyse Baratheon is a sharp, political minded woman who is the reason Melisandre was ever able to get to Stannis. He’s an atheist. He doesn’t care about the red god. Selyse may not have the power Melisandre does, but she is not to be trifled with.
I can do this for so many other characters, major or minor, that it’s just sad. I’m sorry to have made such a large aside on this really good post, but I can’t say I’m shocked the fanbase reacts the way it does. Look at how the show’s writers behave towards the lady characters themselves :/