Embroidery for Costume: Game of Thrones

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Natasha Searls-Punter

Unless you’ve been living on the moon, you’re probably aware of the enormity of the start of Game of Thrones Season 4. So we thought we would take a few minutes to share with you some of the incredible embroidery and other crafts that have been used in their costumes.

In programs past, costume does not always carry the subtleties of the setting of the film because they needed to come across on the screen, so in person, the costumes can seem a little over the top. However with the increased popularity of HD TVs and 3D cinema, costume is having to step up its detail game and embrace that the audience will be able to see EVERYTHING.

If I had a hat, I would definitely be taking it off to Michele Carragher for the incredible job she has done as part of Michele Clapton’s costume team. From the very traditional, heraldic goldwork of Cersei’s gowns to the flattened smocking technique that creates the ‘Dragonscale’ of Daenerys’ costumes, Michele’s website is an masterclass of how embroidery can and should be used in contemporary costume.


Another great example of this is Da Vinci’s demons who have also really embraced the traditional embroidery techniques for their House badges. Oh wait, did we do that embroidery…? #shamelessplug 😉

With the second season only just having started on the 22nd march, its not too late to catch up and see the embroidery for yourself.

Back to game of thrones, did you know there is an exhibit of all the costumes and props touring at the moment? Before you get too excited, I hasten to add that it’s not coming to London (sad times, would have made for a perfect studio day trip) but the closest its coming is Belfast. However it does look very entertaining, along with the costumes and armour there is a whole variety of props, storyboards, models of the sets, even an Oculus Rift virtual reality simulator to take you up the wall! Amazing!

Wouldn’t it be great to learn how to make a little piece of the GOT embroidery to keep for yourself…

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