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Daenerys Targaryen Preview by yayacosplay Daenerys Targaryen Preview by yayacosplay
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Brian took these shots at San Diego Comic Con moments before I met George R. R. Martin in person. I was so nervous! XD

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

Other Deviations of this costume:
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Crox300 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
so fake, and you're asian..
PhilipInce Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
You know dragons aren't real and the story is nothing but fantasy, right? 
Daena-Targaryen Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And you're rude.
SamuraiTaiga Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
The family came from Essos, which is a stand-in for the East. Why wouldn't they be Asian in appearance?
Kaelheart Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Student General Artist
I agree
It is ridiculous
Piggie50 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
This is so beautiful and full of description!! In the books (and tv show) does she love the dragons, or does she just use them? Because I've never seen/read it, but I've heard people talking both ways about that subject.
languit Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She definitely loves them, although your milage may vary about if she uses them or not. I believe they enjoy helping her, personally. (:

Anyways, truly stunning Dany costume! The dragon boob cover is so clever.
Legion1a Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Lovely work and most interesting read - thank you
syadremmus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Wow you look amazing! So brave to wear the Quartheen gown too, respect!
Kayari-of-Midnight Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   Writer
I can't remember if I've posted on this before or not (it really is a beautiful costume) but I had to comment again. Why? Because I saw you in this video here and had a total fan-spaz moment because I recognized you from this picture. [link] At about 8:46 there you are with your dragon!
Obsidian6453 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Wow are you beautiful! Also, I love Daenerys... :)
Axxaxxin Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Wow. You look amazing. Just flawless.
Axxaxxin Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Dang it. No edit button. *She* looks amazing. lol!
Kateanderson491 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Stunning. Beautiful model and make-up.
ckt Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Student Interface Designer
You look beautiful! Stunning, completely amazing. ^^ The costume is beautifully done.
Ginnabean Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No offense, because your costuming is amazing—but this is one of the few you've done that I think doesn't suit your style and wasn't a good choice of character, in my opinion. You tend to pull off animated and video game characters well, which is difficult, but Daenerys requires (again, in my opinion) a more natural look, and that got lost here. But if there were an animated version of GoT, I'm sure this is what Daenerys would look like. As usual, your craftmanship is wonderful, and you are gorgeous. two cents.
AliceinIvory Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student Interface Designer
I agree ... I'm a giant fan of Yaya's work, but it's too sexual and too much makeup ... Daenerys draws her appeal from the natural and subtle beauty she has
LeesiGalaxy Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yes. These comments yes. Too much makeup, wayyyy too much. 

PRETTY! But not on point. 
Bourouk Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Your elaboration on this costume is artwork itself!
Arvaarad-Atia Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
At first I thought this photo is a painting because it is so beautiful that it cannot be real, but it is real, and you look absolutely fantastic. The hair, the dress, the details, the jewellery, even the little dragon is perfect. I am a huge fan of the Game of Thrones series (both novels and TV series) and I like Daenerys, but I think that you should have played her in the series because I think you look more impressive than Emilia Clarke. You look like a queen.
draconiangem Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Game of thrones was the first thing to pop into my mind, I thin you represented it well! But I don't think I could ever handle the fact of the only thing between the world and my dignity was something I was holding, I would be praying to God every 10 second not to trip or drop it. :blush:
DarkRaven17 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
You put so much work into this. Its great and I am glad it work out for you in the end. Your so creative.
WhereTheSunSets Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Aaaaahhh!! This is absolutely perfect! Congratulations, you look stunning!!
Bri65 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work. I love all the little details. Gorgeous.
Kikifuko Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XXRen-chanXX Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
I am so jealous D: Id give anything to look like you
DAMBPRODUCTIONS Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
perfect! very beautiful!

SilverCarlisle Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
You got it perfectly! Dany is an amazing young woman and my fav for sure, you did her justice! Love the purple glint in your eye. :)
jirayasensei Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing job you look amazing any hotter and my puter screen wud melt, i have always wanted to go to an event in cosplay but never had the confidence but if i cu pull anything off half as well as u i wud be happy ^^
Miouwwww Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
faboluous costume!!! great job! :D
weeee99 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student Interface Designer
I wish I was that Dragon touching her..hahaha :lol:
Liasanya Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Incredible work! Just great!
kyungok Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so COOL.
The fact that you referenced everything, included your own originality into the costume, and even went as far as to add the bells in her hair - ohmygod. Respect!
S3pT3rR4 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
That's one perverted dragon. LOL. :)
Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I was that dragon - LOL
Sutato Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
-LOVE THIS- I recently became a fan of the Game of Thrones and the Khalisi is one of my favorite characters.
pixiekitty Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
That dragon is totally copping a feel! You look so cute with this hair color too!
r3kirkland Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
I want this costume!
TheChainmailChick Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm so glad you went with one of her later gowns, when she's coming into her own power and making her own path in the world. She's one of my favorite literary heroines. It's beautifully done and I had to chuckle when I saw how you worked Rhaegal into the world's scaliest pasty!
ledain Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
It looks great! and the dragon idea is also really good! i would have gone with "drogon" and probably could have been comissioned to someone so that the wings could cover what you need to cover while having the dragon spread around the dress, so that it would look like it's resting on you. damn fine job yaya, as allways.
JohnLarison Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
You and that costume are so beautiful and amazing.
chainskull Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
i love your costumes and the game of thrones. wish i was that dragon. keep u the great designs
KiaMoon Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Awesome joob!<3
hamasuki Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Oh wow! I saw you on Thursday waiting in the line near the CS Moore booth. Now after reading the background on this cosplay it makes even more epic! I wanna watch Game of Thrones and find out about this mythology peeps have been talking about. Once again, major props on the wonderful cosplay and all the work and attention to detail that you put into it~ Simply amazing. I hope you had a great SDCC 2011!
lauramirrageofhope Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing!! :D I love GOT and Daenerys is my favorite character. You've got her spot on. Loving it. :D x
DanteAndMe Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
omg! I am so glad to see a cosplay of her and it looks awesome! Nice to find another fan of the series. The costume is great, and I like the dragon.

Try next a Sansa cosplay! or maybe Cersei :P I am sure u can do them both really good.
passingfancyrae Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
In-freaking-credible! This's I mean seriously, WOW!
Selinelle Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
So beautiful:heart:
CarrieBest Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful! The detail in the gown is exquisite! And the wig is soo nice!! Best cosplay I've seen of hers. I'm jealous you got to meet GRRM too!
Btw, thank you for mentioning my interpretation of her that's on wiki. I'm honored you looked at it for inspiration. :rose:
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