The Best Costumes from The Sixth Season of Game of Thrones
Based on hit book series, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones was a worldwide obsession. Produced by HBO, the show has a magnificent look to its production with stunning sets, locations and costumes.
Game of Thrones Season Six for the most part didn’t have the same range of costumes character to character but the new costumes that were added into the pantheon of the Game of Throne wardrobe were quite amazing and very memorable.
This page is a list of the Top Ten Best Costumes for the females characters from the Sixth season. The costumes were ranked on aesthetics or how pretty they are, how the costume reflects the character or scene and of course memorability.
The costumes were designed by April Ferry for the first half of the season and Michele Clapton for the later episodes.
Don’t be too disappointed if you don’t agree with the list or if your favorite costume wasn’t on it, it’s hard to separate one’s own biases and logic from the rankings.
Also just be careful for spoilers if you haven’t seen Season Six and if you haven’t seen it yet please go watch it right now because there are a lot of spoiler on this page.
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Gilly, Horn Hill Gown
Gilly was introduced back in Season Two. She is a wildling and as such she doesn’t get the prettiest of costumes. Which is why her donning a gown when she visits Sam’s family home of Horn Hill a nice change of pace for her character.
The Tarly style of gown is different from the standard Game of Throne look. It’s a black and gold gown with princess seam and puffed sleeves. It’s a nice pretty women type scene for Gilly that showcase her beauty.
However the gown was not made for Gilly as it was Sam's still so it's more of an attempt to have Gilly try and fit in rather than being reflect of who she is as a character.
The Red Priestess Kinvara
Kinvara is the head high priestess of the Lord of Light in Volantis which makes her a higher rank of priestess than Melisandre. Tyrion sent for Kinvara to help with Daenerys’ image in Meereen. Kinvara believes that Daenerys is the Prince that was Promised while Melisandre thinks it’s now Jon Snow. Not a lot in known about her character. She does know some intimate facts about Varys’ past that unsettles him. This was the only scene she was which is disappointing.
Her costume reflects her high place within the Lord of Light religion. She wears the same ruby choker that Melisandre wears. Her costume is cut in the same silhouette as a lot of the other costumes in the show with long flared sleeves with a deep v-neck. The fabric is a muted read but it has a flame pattern. It also has metal details along the edge of the neckline and along the front. The metal elements are the same hexagonal shape as the choker.
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Kinvara’s costume communicate power of both her religion and her station.
Lyanna Mormont was a major highlight of Season Six. She is a powerful ten year-old girl who doesn’t suffer fools and is to the point. She is the Lady of Bear Island and is fiercely loyal to House Stark.
Her costume is relatively simple compared to a lot of the other costumes in the show. She wears all black which gives her a look of power and befits a Northern lord. She has a surcoat with black fur. Over her dress she wears a plain black leather gorget. Across the bodice there is a tan leather stripe. Her skirt is a pattern black leather which matches her belt.
Lyanna is a strong leader and her costume compliment her house and her personality.
Margaery Tyrell, Blue
Season Six marks a change for Margaery’s character. She starts the season in prison by the faith. She confesses and brings her husband, King Tommen, into the faith’s fold. Her costumes reflects her acting more pious and humble so instead of wearing gowns that shows off her body she wears modest gowns that covers her from head to toe.
Though it is completely in Margaery's characterization to use fashion as a manipulation.
Her blue gown was the first gown to mark her playing to the graces of the faith and the High Sparrow. Her gown is her standard color of blue with a high neckline and long sleeves. The fabric has a slight crinkle pattern. It has square collar with some gold embroidery along the edge. She also wears a necklace with a simple pendant and her crown of Tyrell roses.
Daenerys, Dothraki Leader
Daenerys starts off the sixth season as a prisoner of the Dothraki and then becomes their leader as she unites them all after burning every Dothraki Khal, becoming the Khal of Khals.
This costume is a blend of the Dothraki style with its natural color tones and her conqueror tunics she wore in Seasons Three and Four.
The tunic influence can be seen in the smock detailing and in the cut of the sleeves. The costume has several more little details like little black beads along the neckline and two gold belts, one of sequins and the other of metal pieces. She also wears her wedding ring on a cord as a necklace. All the little details makes this a rich and interesting costume.
This costume is also the first time Daenerys wears a darker color. Till this point she had worn a lot of blues and white. Even her old Dothraki clothes were not this dark in tone. It’s not all the way to black, which is a color of her house but she getting to the point where she is becoming not only a Dothraki leader but a Targaryen Queen.
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Margaery Tyrell, Trial Gown
Much like her blue gown, the gown she wears to attend Loras’ and Cersei's trial is the picture of a modest queen.
It’s a simple gown with gray patterned fabric. The pattern on the dress looks like roses, the sigil of her house. The fabric also has a nice sheen which makes it look more like armor. She wears a light gray stole with it which is a nice juxtaposition of hard and soft. Her only accessory is her rose crown.
The scene she wore this costume in was super tense and very memorable.
Daenerys Targaryen, Black Gown
The scene where Daenerys wears this black gown is such a big pay-off moment. Not only is she finally crossing the Narrow Sea to Westeros but she wearing a color of her house, Black. I have been hoping for a while she would embrace her Targaryen colors.
The gown is the same cut as what she wore in Meereen as Queen. It has the long sleeves that nearly form a cape and a cut-out in the neckline with a forge bar attracting it together. Unlike those gowns this one is black and it has dragons embroidered at her shoulders. This gives her the look of power.
The scene just speaks volumes about how far Daenerys has come, she isn’t playing a Dothraki Khaleesi or a Queen trying to rule a foreign city, it feels more like this is her as Queen without the influence of another culture.
Queen Cersei Lannister
This one is a bit of a tie as this gown gets two looks in a single episode. Cersei didn’t get a lot a costume changes this season. She had a red gown in the first episode and then stays in a black gown that she have worn in past seasons. She finally got a new gown for her trial that she doesn’t attend but instead defeats her enemies in one explosive move.
This gown is black cut leather with silver and black brocade and high neckline. She wears different shoulder details in two scenes she wears this gown. The first scene as she watches the Sept, it silver embroidery and silver armor when she crowned Queen of Westeros. Both looks have the silver chain across her chest. Her crown is the Lannister sigil in silver though it is more abstract. According to designer Michele Clapton “its mane now represents the iron throne.”
The costume also represents a change within Cersei. She dressing a lot like her father, Tywin, right down to the fabric. The color choice is also symbolic of Cersei now being dead inside as all her children are gone.
Every single part of this costume has a strong meaning to Cersei’s character and her new position as the unloved Queen.
Daenerys Targaryen, Blue
After Daenerys fends off the Slavers attack on Meereen with her Dragons, she receives guests from Westeros, the Greyjoys. In that meeting and until the final scene of the season, Daenerys wears this gown.
Again its color speaks to Daenerys getting to the color black of her house but with this gown it’s a dark navy blue. The gown also marks a new silhouette for the Dragon Queen. It’s an asymmetrical gown with heavy draping. She wears a silver dragon necklace and a belt. It’s a bit more relaxed and feminine for Daenerys which a nice change for her. Plus it's a beautiful gown.
She wears this in few notable scenes like her meeting/flirting with Yara Greyjoy and naming Tyrion hand.
Sansa Stark, Wolf Gown
Sansa has had a lot of character development over the Six Season. She gone from a doe-eye girl who dreams of knights and south to someone who has gone through great tragedy and suffering.
This costume marks Sansa embracing her Stark and Northern roots. It’s a simple gown of dark green velvet. She wears a cape that has a pattern and has fur at the collar. The star of this costume is the embroidery. It’s the Direwolf of House Stark. It has a very intricate patterns that has many bead accenting it including some pearls.
This costume is Sansa's principle costume throughout Season Six so she wears it during lots of memorable scenes including when Sansa and Jon first meet Lyanna Mormont and the Battle of the Bastard.
Sansa just carries herself with so much nobility and power while in this costume and for how seemingly simple it is, it is quite majestic.
Lady Crane is an actress in Braavos. She played Queen Cersei in The Bloody Hand, which is false retelling of the events of the first four seasons of Game of Thrones. It made Cersei look like a kind compassionate Queen, Joffery a good king and casted Ned Stark and Tyrion in bad light. The play scenes were among a highlight of Arya storyline in Braavos.
The costume that Lady Crane wears is actually a costume and does not actually reflect her character as it just read Cersei. It’s Lannister colors of red and gold and is nearly the same cut as the gowns Cersei wore in earlier. It looks very much like a costume of Cersei and not something Cersei herself would actually wear.
Which one of the listed costumes is your favorite from Season Six?
Cee-Jay Aurinko from Cape Town, South Africa on June 30, 2016:
I enjoyed reading this post River! I like the way you described the costumes and what they symbolized, especially in Cersei's case. She is no longer a mother. She is there to rule. That costume says it all.