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Khaleesi at Rest by yayacosplay Khaleesi at Rest 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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herrenmedia Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
shiny-kiyoko Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
you are a real real real beauty ... with or without makeup
but i think it dont fit to you this cosplay, because dany has not so much glitter. and makeup

dont be angry with me i just write what i think .... you are really really raelly beauty (love perfectly your suckerpunch cosplay) ^^
DraconPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I fall in love!!!!!!
Braendyn Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist
Baronessochka Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
you are beautiful!
Strawberry579 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Simply MAgical
SidaLucien Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist
BetaoftheBass Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student Filmographer
how did you get yuor wigs to look like your actual hair line..*O*
that is amazing!!!
hollarity Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ah man, I admire your work and attention to detail so much. This is a gorgeous and and I am completely envious of your skills.
Chocolerian Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
You cosplay alwais amaze me.. specialy this one and the Mulan, textils you choose, the care you make the pics and costumes. Seriously congratulations.
Arvaarad-Atia Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do not be sorry for the "mega long description" because it is an interesting one. ;)
DaveSchultz Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You cosplay as all the best characters yaya! You Rock!
Thalassae Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Beautiful, as always! Dany is one of my favorite characters :)
Haruka16 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm sorry but you would made a better Cersei than Daenerys. She's far to innocent looking.
Drakon-the-Demon Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
...this is what I get for randomly browsing galleries, amazing Song of Fire and Ice cosplay, and Dany nonetheless!
Marazul45 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ScribbleYugi Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
I absolutely love that you did this costume and you managed to make it wearable in public! Yay Game of Thrones!
LOSTgnosis Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student General Artist
nice composition shot with this one
Zazou14 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay Game of Thrones! Good job! :D
MaxCabeca Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
i really appreciate your careful with the costumes
Lisl89 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student Photographer
brilliant, i'm still working on book one but watched the series
can't wait to read the second book
courtneycashon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You made an awesome Daenerys! It was cool to run into you at Dragon*Con Friday night in my Dany costume!
ianmsquee Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Beautiful! :iconsmile--plz:
ninjakittypoo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a pet dragon too~! :D
Yours looks a little more friendly though
AngelsArcher Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful... like a goddess :love:
AngelMorrigan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a beautiful dress, an amazing photo, and the dragon is a beautiful dragon statue.... but I must say, the amazing amount of thought, care, and in-depth research you did into the costume, the background work, is truly what impresses me. I've loved a lot of your cosplay and modelling photos, but with how much care you put into this.... this is surely my favorite costume that you've done.
palitajimena Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
excelente costume!!!!
saber360 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Nice ;)
NeroonCousland Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Amazing costume indeed!
LittleMnM Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
This is everything I imagined Dany to be. You. Are. Amazing. :la:
DuleynBaronayth Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
wow, definitely a great job ...... I liked the cosplay daenaris .... you look great ... besides the pose you much favorese
MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Your interpretation of Dany is remarkable and the outcome is absolutely stunning!
The costume is amazingly intricate and I cannot stop taking in the details!

Lovely work!! :love:
lilaurenthys Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
I love every single thing about this, though I am not a fan of the books nor the show.

I simply like your thought and effort and the fact that you pulled it off well!

My only question would be... polyester chiffon?
CatWildAtom Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
I Love the Game of Throne! You Make A Perfect Khaleesi :heart:
Chrystal-Anne-Books Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Why must you look so perfect as Daenerys ;~; Super jealous! :giggle: I love the idea of the dragon 'sling' if you will, it's really great and befitting of her. Nice work :butterfly:
fum316 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
I like the pose! BTW watch your pet dragon!
Dihaus007 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Beautiful Cosplay
LilithRealm Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
One heck of a loooong:iconsweatdropplz:description!
.....Nice dragon & accesories..
Gwenyver-Costumes Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Simply gorgeous!
Yaritzuma Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
DarkSamuraiX1999 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Nicely done ^^
RNC-SanDS Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Well done. I love these books. I have not been able to watch the TV show yet. You look amazing. Wonderful photos as well.
CrimsonDenizen Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You look great as always Ms. Han

I waited that whole damn show to see a friggin Dragon now I gotta wait for a season to start :o

jactinglim Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
love the pretty dress! the colors are perfect ^^
Ibleda Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa... she's pretty~~~
But such a perverted dragon!
TheMightyMags Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm in love with The Game of Thrones it's very good I'm waiting on season 2 to come out. Very beautiful cosplay Yaya.
DDS-Master Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011   General Artist
This is absolutely stunning..... "Monk Bow"
RHAX Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011
Honestly, you embody Dany! This is exactly how I pictured her in the books <3 I've been reading the books for years now and your interpretation is just spot on to how I imagined her :D The costume is to die for; all the hard work you put into it certainly paid off! It looks worthy of a queen :)
Shimaha Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Is your corset signed?????
As usual, suberb attention to detail and commitment to the costume and the character. I always enjoy admiring your work. Well done!
DecemberWolves Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
The work that's gone into the details is fantastic, I love reading Dany chapters as her character is so deep and complex. Absolutely gorgeous!!
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