Dark Fashion In Film & TV : Sansa Stark

I’ve been a fan of Game of Thrones since the beginning and have always lusted after the sumptuous long sleeved gowns and heavy cloaks worn by many of the main female leads. I intend on covering the fashion choices of more than one female character from GOT but today I feel it’s right to begin with Sansa Stark. The way her style has evolved has left me slack jawed and wide eyed. I am deeply, deeply infatuated with her second wedding dress – yes, the beautiful white ensemble she wore to marry that twat Ramsey. GOT costume designer Michele Clapton provides a fascinating insight into the symbolism behind the dress:

Despite the horrific circumstances surrounding Sansa’s marriage to Ramsay, this is one of my favorite dresses in the entire series, and one of Clapton’s favorites as well. It is loaded with symbolism, too. “It’s Sansa trying to respect everyone that’s been before her. She finally feels like she can make Winterfell a family home again. So I wanted to incorporate pieces that represented her family.” To that end, the feather collar represents the fur pieces that her brothers and father used to wear when they went into battle or off hunting. The shape of the dress was inspired by her mother and the fish clasps on the front are signifiers of the Tullys, her mother’s family house. The shape was also engineered to look a bit like the statues in the crypt at Winterfell. 

If you are a long-time reader of Vargamor, you will know that I’m not especially fond of white, but Sansa’s outfit is an exception. The other garments she’s donned in the later series are dark and Goth tinged, and she suits it so very well.

– Katie

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