Designing “Historically Accurate” Costumes for Fantasy: Game of Thrones Case Study

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1. Van Cleve, Joos. Henry VIII. c. 1530-5. Oil on panel. London. Royal Collection Trust.
2. Cycling Suit. 1896-98. Wool, Leather, Silk, Linen, Cotton. New York, NY. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
3. Marikevanroon20. Cloth of Gold. January 3, 2014. Golden cloth, woven with golden strips and crinkle cordonnet. Wikipedia.
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5. Court Dress. c. 1750. Silk, Metallic thread. New York, NY. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
6. Tabart & Co. A Lady in Court Dress, 1805. October 24, 2015. Online image. Jane Austen’s World.

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0:00 What is “Historical Accuracy”?
3:24 Material Accessibility
9:01 (Here is Your One (1) S8 Roast)
9:08 Garment Construction and Design
13:32 Culture
18:21 Physical Constraints
21:32 Class
27:16 Trends
32:59 Individual Preferences/Character Psychology
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22 thoughts on “Designing “Historically Accurate” Costumes for Fantasy: Game of Thrones Case Study

  1. Hello Bernadette 🖤 A question, do you think this topics are visible as well, and the logic behind it, in House of the Dragon? For me, there is some fabrics decisions that make me go out of the fantasy and ask "the fuck is that fabric", BUT at the same time I like that it's different because transports us to a different period of the continent and the reigning houses. Would you like to do a video of the HOTD costumes?

  2. First off, I want to say I love your channel, so interesting. You are talking about the hand sewing, can there be a machine, that can look that way, make those kinds of stitches? Just for our modern timeline?

  3. I liked the little detail in the final seasons (despite all its flaws) the Dothraki had pieces of Lannister Armor on their clothing, as a trophy of their victory against them in the Reach. It fits their style, like their holy city which houses idols of conquered gods.

  4. In some fantasy settings, characters can change the way their clothing looks with a simple magical techique that even small children learn. What criteria for the materials, etc, apply to magical clothing?

  5. This video feels like when there is a thing you have no interest in, but you SO happens to be facinated by, initiates long one-sided conversations with you about it and… You just get such joy from listening to their verbal university-type presentations that they somehow conjured on the spot.

    You know what I mean?

  6. I have some questions about Dothraki culture.
    You can'trun around naked in +40C desert. kopesh is double handed infantry weapon (similar to dane axe). can not be sheated thus very cumbersome to carry around. their boots are not designed for sand dunes and steppe. and much more. there are some more questions but they are more of a culture thing than clothes and weapons so

    edit: Jamie wears same clothes for full season.

  7. I always assumed Winterfell favoured raising black sheep and goats, not just to provide their Guard with woolens to match their dark brown and black pelts and furs without the need to waste resources on dyes (few of which would thrive in their climate anyways), and for whatever cultural reasons, but also because getting black from dyeing is really tricky and quite expensive (assuming their world has dyes similar to our world), so good colour-fast black wool can be one of the few exports Winterfell can compete with in the other kingdoms and rely on for trade. I imagine Winterfell guards its flocks quite jealously and forbids their sale live (to maintain their monopoly), but also imposes a total ban on importing goats and sheep to protect the purity of those flocks and ensure they retain the precious quality of their fleece.

  8. Thanks to you I've now started to critically evaluate the costumes in every vaguely historical tv show and film I watch for historical accuracy, even the fantasy and sci-fi ones. And I'm not even into fashion nor can I sew to save my life. Thanks so much Bernadette!