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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

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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 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:
yayacosplay Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for commenting! I am honored! Your art of Dany was so beautiful, I certainly felt inspired. Really appreciate what you said about my costume! <3
MyrdePicas Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
Oooh Great!
khelik Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha you make a much better Daenerys than the actress the found :)
rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful :)
Tatmione Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student General Artist
You look like a doll, like those statues on the wax museum in USA o.o'
EverEpic Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
this is wonderful i love the colors with the sharp contrast of the dark necklace and the dragon looks really good as well i never wouldve guessed that it had been desmantled and redone it looks seemless and flawless
Young-Gun94 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Seven Hells that's awesome. <3
ParrishArt Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
wow i realy like your interpritation of the cstume. I recently got into the tv series and am going to get the books too. Love the hair too :D
Mitsukismirror Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your costume!! The dragon is so cute! i want one! squeee! ^_^ your hair is so lovely with the bells too. its really cool! :D
TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Artist
Beautiful costume, Yaya! Great hanging out with you and Brian in San Diego!
deedragonlvr Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Squee! I love this series too! And Dany is pretty awesome. How did George R.R. Martin like your costume?

Beautiful costume. I love the mixture of textures.
daddy-longlegs Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
great costume. I love that series.
CDL113 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
First, insert whistle here! Second, as a reader of the novels and a watcher of the new show you do the character proud. Daenerys is one of the strongest characters in the novels and she doesn't even wield a sword. You show that here!
Getsurei Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
I was browsing Entertainment weekly and found your cosplay on the site!! I saw it here first, but it was a happy surprise to see it there^^

Chrystal-Anne-Books Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
I'm so glad that you chose this dress! It was my favorite part of book 2 hands down. I love the interpretation and I think it suits her character very much! The wig and makeup is so like her it's uncanny, nice work :)
Cuzzer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
o that lucky green dragon ;)
Rat-Girl Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
This is really great! The color of the dress is lovely. Of course my OCD fandom points out that Dany has short hair once her dragons hatch, since her hair burned off in her her husband's funeral pyre and so even by the latest book "A Dance With Dragons" her hair is still some what short. But most depictions of Dany I have seen, and almost all cosplays, have her with long hair. I think a lot of people like the beautiful long, styled hair better than short hair.
misa-chan20 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
WOW!! you look very beautiful here.....and is it just me or is that dragon's hand getting a little perverted XDDDD this is awesome. I love your costume!
Lypiphera01 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
I haven't read the books or watched the show, though I am planning on getting the books at some point, but I must say, you look lovely in this costume. I can honestly say this is one of my favorites of all that you have done. The colors are just breathtaking, from the outfit itself to your hair and eyes to the dragon, it's all seemless. I would love to see more full length pictures like the last one you linked (Dany x2). Love, love, love your work Yaya!!
leviathen Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You're too beautiful to be real Yaya!! Oh & the dress looks amazing too!
Pan-da-monium Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
So detailed, this is pure epic , best cosplay I have seen in a long time!
KipetuAkora Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Student General Artist
This is incredible! I loved the long description! Great costume you look fabulous!
Li-flower Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
A very beautiful and well-thought out cosplay. It makes me want to read the books even more. :)
LadyCat17 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011   Traditional Artist
Awwww!!! Lovely! You're so beautiful! :heart:
SugarBoogar Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
It's so beautiful! I think the green dragon was the right choice!
ledibug Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
HOLY CRAZINESS. I love everything about this costume. Your dragon is amazing, your dress is perfect, your makeup is stunning... You pull off Daenerys so well. Now I'm never going to be able to read a Daenerys chapter again without picturing her like this!
kuro1ryu Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Oh my & wow!
You look stunning
saber360 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Lovely ^^
Cyzra Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
this is definitely one of my favorites of yours to date! i can't wait to see what additions you have for Dragoncon :)
kethryn Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist
WOW! You make a superb Dany.
Mercenar Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
where did the dragon came from ?
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