Game of Thrones Channelled Alexander McQueen

The ghost of the late designer's runway shows haunted with brilliance.

 

While many chewed over plot nuances or cringed in horror, others applauded the styling on the penultimate episode and season finale of GOT.

Cersei Lannister

Cersei Lannister Photo: Courtesy HBO

Best dressed by far was Cersei Lannister. Her black, fitted gown with silver shoulder epaulettes and high-backed collar was reminiscent of outfits worn in period portraits of Mary, Queen of Scots. So far though, she seems to be having better luck than the murdered, innocent Mary but let’s not go into that now.  The ‘Widows of Culloden’ collection by Alexander McQueen may have inspired costume designer Michelle Clapton in this series, let’s hope for more in the next. McQueen’s ‘Highland Rape’ collection has definitely emerged in darker moments, costume-wise throughout the whole series. The shoulder epaulettes on Cersei’s dress for the none-trial scene and the decorative detail on the form-fitting fabric compensated for this season’s hairstyle, which despite the obvious passing of time elsewhere in the Seven Kingdoms, does not seem to have grown in tandem. It must be assumed that there was some kind of upstairs decision made by the producers not to help her out, head-wise, though it seems unfair.

From 'Elect, Dissect' by Alexander McQueen. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art

From ‘Elect, Dissect’ by Alexander McQueen. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art From 'Elect, Dissect' by Alexander McQueen. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Avenger

Granny Tyrell Meets The Dorn. Photo: HBO

Granny Tyrell Meets The Dorn. Photo: HBO Granny Tyrell Meets The Dorn. Photo: HBO

Diana Rigg as Granny Olenna Tyrell  nailed it with her all-black mourning weeds. There was more than a touch of Alexander McQueen circa the mid-90s, here. The wimple, veil and matching bodice showed off Olenna’s still-slender frame and amazing bone structure to perfection. This is the sort of headgear modern royals could embrace, far more dignified than the fascinator.

Keep It Wimple! Photo: Courtesy HBO

Keep It Wimple! Photo: Courtesy HBO Keep It Wimple! Photo: Courtesy HBO

 

Punk Black Tie Princesses

Daenerys Targaryen and Missandei set sail in splendid, cutaway, caped-back style. Photo: HBO

Daenerys Targaryen and Missandei set sail in splendid, cutaway, caped-back style. Photo: HBO Daenerys Targaryen and Missandei set sail in splendid, cutaway, caped-back style. Photo: HBO

Daneayrs got a couple of new dresses for the finale, praise be. Her recent, second capture by the Dothraki  saw off the blue dress she wore practically all the way through last season, leaving her fashion future wide open. Last night’s black, Grecian number worn over some kind of clumpy high-ish heels for her chat with Tyrion was the perfect black tie outfit for a punkish princess. Even better and more on-season for Spring Summer was the cape-backed gown she wore to lead her ships to Westeros. Chief serving maid Missandei rocked definite overtones of McQueen with added punked up accessories in the form of hard girl leather wrist cuffs and cut-away leather straps.

From 'Its A Jungle Out There' By Alexander McQeen. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art

From ‘Its A Jungle Out There’ By Alexander McQeen. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art From 'Its A Jungle Out There' By Alexander McQeen. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

Speaking of leather, fur and bone, gothic princess Sansa Stark is heading for fashion icon status. Her fur collars, deep black hues with the odd stud here and there, are more than elegant enough for a future Queen of the North. Oops! Excuse the spoiler…

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Game of Thrones Channelled Alexander McQueen