- Posted August 27, 2012 by
Greenville, South Carolina
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Dragon*Con costumes and more
"When you play the game of thrones you win, or you die. There is no middle ground."
Well, that idea quickly fell by the wayside as I started looking at pictures of past Dragon*Cons and realizing that I could never stand to have such a "questionable" costume. No, I needed something that at least looked close to the gowns Cersei wears on the HBO series Game of Thrones.
Unfortunately, that would require a lot more research and work.
Tireless searching led me to a pattern that at least vaguely resembled the style of gown the women of Westeros wear on Game of Thrones...but even that needed some slight changes, namely in the areas of the neckline and the sleeves. Fabric was an entirely different issue - in the end I had to special order what I needed, to make it even somewhat like the fabrics worn in the show and to get enough of it to make the dress.
Accessories were an entirely different matter - my hair is far too blonde for Cersei, which means a wig (and I have to tell you, I'm not quite looking forward to sporting one of those in the Labor Day weekend Atlanta heat!). Thankfully there wasn't much else to worry about except for Cersei's lion pendant, which I was lucky to find for an affordable price on Etsy, as I am not crafty in the sense that I can carve molds and cast plastic or metal in them.
In the end, it still won't be an absolutely perfect screen accurate costume - mainly because the fabrics and patterns are specially made for each character on the show, and no way are you going to find every single item that you need to put the costume together for purchase. (Seriously, they hand-dye their fabrics and they refuse to reveal their secrets, not that I blame them!) That said, I'm confident that my Cersei Lannister costume is about as close as a person with somewhat limited funds and slightly-above-average creativity can get to screen accurate. And hey, I'm more than happy with that!
Why Cersei, you ask? Well, she is undeniably one of the villains of the show, and how much more fun is it to role play a villain? (A lot more, I tell you!) And she's also one of those characters who I personally love to hate - she's strong and fierce and plays by her own rules, yet she's also a bit too crazy for me to truly favor her. I think that cosplaying her will not only be fun, but a bit of a challenge as well...and like Cersei, I'm not one to back down from a challenge.