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Blood of the Dragon by yayacosplay Blood of the Dragon by yayacosplay
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Thanks, Kevin Green, for shooting with me! It was hard to find a suitable location for Daenerys, so we just looked for a secluded spot without people in the background.

What to say about this costume... the character is Daenerys of House Targaryen, from the book series "A Song of Ice and Fire", which the TV Show "Game of Thrones" is based off of. I've been a fan of the books for about a decade now, and have planned to make a Dany costume since the first time I read the series. She is and has always been the character I love the most, and relate to the most.

Those who haven't read the books may not get my costume, but this is simply my personal interpretation of the character Daenerys, and I tried to be as accurate to the major descriptions as possible, such as the golden silver hair, silver bells and braids, purple eyes, the colors of the dragon, and costume materials/elements.

To explain a bit about the costume:

I always knew that I wanted to dress in Dany's iconic Qartheen traditional dress from "A Clash of Kings", 2nd book in the series, but for a long time debated how to pull off the look without it being offensive. Women in Qarth wore airy silk and/or lavish samite dresses baring one breast proudly, which reminds me of the breast baring fashion of the ancient culture of Minoa. Literally, breasts (aka WOMEN) were a symbol of wealth and power, not just sexual objects. Daenerys in the books (Minor spoiler! Skip if you want!) loses just about everything and puts all her stakes into the city and people of Qarth, who crown her and acknowledge her sovereignty. To pay respect to them, she dresses in the traditional gowns - a young girl near alone in the world brave enough to expose herself to a city full of strangers, and she does it with dignity and pride.
The feminist in me just loves that about her, and it's always left an impact on me.
So no matter what, I wanted to make the Qartheen gown.

I pulled inspiration from the books (obviously), the wedding gown in the TV show, various artworks of Daenerys and my own fantasy artwork style and costuming taste. I thought lavender would really suit the silvery golden hair and the silver accessories, and I wanted the gown to flow because Qarth would have been a sweltering place to live in, and also because summer cons bear similar climates. So a slight color changing chiffon it was! I made the gown in 2 layers so it wasn't see-through bwaha, and there was a bit of a debate which chest strap to omit O_o. I truly think that there is no universal rule which side to expose, so I went the right side - in line with Valyrian Resin's licensed Daenerys statue [link] and the artwork of Dany on Wikipedia [link]

Also, I am right handed and holding the dragon was much easier with my primary hand.

So the dragon came about because I needed something to cover myself with, in order to be legal in public lol. I meant to sculpt a dragon but 2011 turned out to be INSANE so I bought a dragon statue and altered it with the help from Chris Donio and Brian Boling. Chris and Brian cut the beast apart and repositioned the legs and tail, re-sculpting the details and filling the piece for more durability. Thank you both for all the help! I painted the dragon and had to pick which of Daenerys' three to represent. Drogon, the black and red dragon, is the strongest of the three, but black shows every imperfection and would have looked odd on my very light costume. I thought green would complement the colors of the costume the best, so I made the dragon into Rhaegal!

I should add that the dragon was strapped onto me so I didn't have to use any hands to hold him, rather the cradling pose was for show. And as an extra extra precaution, I wore pasties.

As for the rest of the costume - I made a waist cincher after I found a silver dyed leather hide that still had the fur patches on it. I thought it was so interesting, luxurious yet raw looking that I had to spurge the $80 on the hide. Thank you, Kathy of God Save The Queen Fashions [link] for letting me use her industrial machine to sew the leather.
I also wanted a belt and arm bands so I bought upholstery fabric and various trims and forced it all through my machine (breaking several needles along the way). I spent an evening decorating the pieces with beads and chains.

The wig was two wigs sewn together and it has a lace front for a more natural look. I braided a lattice work into it and sewed more beads and bells into it, so I jingle when I walk :D

The necklace is of Indian heritage because Daenerys as a newly crowned Queen received gifts from all different empires and cultures. Her accessories were diverse and I wanted something decorative on my neck.

For Dragoncon I plan to add more details to the costume, now that I've worn it once and see what's missing. It was an amazing experience to meet GRRM himself as well as the cast of "Game of Thrones" at SDCC. I will make a separate blog soon about the experience, but leave you for now with a shot of Emilia Clarke and me - Dany x 2! [link] She was so kind and gracious to her fans and I really appreciated the opportunity to show her my costume. <3

More photos coming soon, sorry for the mega long description. XD

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Digimon02 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
I wish I was that dragon right now
hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Student General Artist
love this! very awesome! :D
psychowolf21 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
the sheer dedication to this cosplay to the book. even with the conservatism is nice. And your resourcefulness is nice
lady-mermaid Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Looks fantastic! And I didn't even realize you had a breast showing until you said so.
legendarydragonstar Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
thats a really nice dragon statue
motherfuckinggamzeeb Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic cosplay
Darkatio Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow is not common find cosplay of Daenarys one of my favourites characters from "A song of ice and fire" splendid cosplay :clap:
thexrogue Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Gorgeous. One of my top 3 favourite costumes of yours :)
juanito316ss Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That dragon is groping you :iconyeahsurememeplz:

The cosplay looks very good, but I'm afraid I don't really know the character so I can't really tell xD
detenten Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Thanks so much for sharing! I too want to adapt a breast-exposing book version but I'm a little bashful. The idea of a dragon for coverage is great!
Allendra3 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You make a wonderful Dany!
JediWiccan10 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is a fantastic and wonderful costume!! I don't even know the series that well and I think this is amazing.
speakart Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
I think this is my favorite of your cosplay, you look so beautiful and you look really like you are that character, you are really comvincing in this costume, I love it.
LadyMillennium Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant! :-)
Kayari-of-Midnight Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012   Writer
This is an absolutely stunning cosplay. the dragon is a wonderful touch. I can't quite recall if I commented on one of the other photos of you before, but regardless of if I have or not, it's such a wonderful costume that it deserves it anyways.
1348249 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
horny dragon =3
CraftinSomethinFishy Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student General Artist
I wish my face looked like plastic D:
dueromcfile Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
i admire the dragon.. LOL
natsume84 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
just one word: AWESOME!!! I really love your cosplays!
miss-Froyo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
You're right - Deny is wonderful character, and you've made stunning costume! But, as I think, this character not suit you at all)) sorry, but I think she's like 'scandinavian' girl.
yayacosplay Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
The Targaryen's are described as very exotic, so I thought Dany would be a better fit for me than most GoT characters. Also, my race will NEVER interfere with my cosplay choices and she is my favorite.
spirit-of-the-stone Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Daenerys indeed :) My favourite character also, along with Catelyn Stark. Great work!
NeoGeisha3000 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
your soo beyond words god at this
Abdeil Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You look absolutely stunning in this costume. <3
donobowk Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
very cool, and the added Rhaegal is a nice touch
Mae-rye Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist
You're so beautiful! I love Daenerys, you did wonderful job on this!!
animec20 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
love it i think it would be better if u name it mistress of the dragon. but love it anyway.
Maglyt1 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
ninjakittypoo Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So you bought the dragon? Was it customized for you or..?
cerisepuck Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
You can't even tell that Rhaegal had to be cut up and pieced back together. And yes the color green that he is does look great with the dress's color scheme! You have a good eye!
AmaterasuUzumaki Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Aaahh, Danny :D

It's very beautiful, I've never seen one so nice.
Zehabix Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You actually look good with that hair color, LoL.
CatWildAtom Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
I Love the Game of Throne! You Make A Perfect Khaleesi :heart:
Rainbows-n-Moonshine Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love love LOVE the costume :) It's so pretty, and fits her adopted culture perfectly :)
Chrystal-Anne-Books Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
I seriously want that chained belt... awe, who am I kidding? I want the whole outfit! I wish I had half the talent you did right now! Must work harder...
eepalmas Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Gorgeous as Always YaYa. :D
eepalmas Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
kwendt43 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
can I just say that A. you are beautiful and B. I totally want to read these books now :) I love costume ecspecially the belt! Great pic and great work :)
MsLovelyA Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
I really need to get into that series/books there. I keep hearing talk about ti and it seems interesting. Great costume BTW :D
white-mage33 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Beautiful as always. Lovely dress.
fum316 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Theres a lot to read here! I must though I like that dress!
Saknika Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
I was a little startled by the costume at first, because it looks so much like what you would see a bellydancer (which I am one) wearing. After reading your description, it makes me want to definitely read the books. Sounds super amazing!
jactinglim Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
love how the skirt fabric flows
Ruben-10 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful !!!
Mei-Hoshi Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You look fantastic: :la: I love the accessories! It was fun reading how you developed the character :D
bravofox16 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
well done hell of a description you wrote haha
Ex-Shadow Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
I've been hearing a lot of good things about this book series and the show as well. I may have to give it a read later this year when I finally have time. The costume is magnificent as usual though, and I'm highly impressed with that dragon. It definitely doesn't look like it was spliced and repositioned, it looks like it were specifically made to guard it's...erm...treasure, as any dragon would xD
KPhillips702 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Flippin lucky ass dragon, lol
RusstheRab Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
very nice
RusstheRab Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
very lucky dragon
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