In this episode, we list the Top 20 BEST Game of Thrones Men’s Costumes of all time (sort of). Thank you to all of the Costume CO viewers who participated in the Twitter and YouTube surveys and help make this video possible.
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For me, Jorah's green tunic was perfection. I mean the outfit he wore riding escort after Dany's Dothraki wedding. It was not intricate or expensive as he was not wealthy. However it suited his character perfectly. His neck scarf looked like burlap but was a beautiful reflection of color of his hair and beard. And few characters wore a cloak with as much grace. Sometimes its not what you wear, but how well you wear it. Cersei also knew how to wear her clothes.
I think they are all pretty much intechangable. A mantle and cape are always sleevless, while a cloak can have sleeves, like Gandolf for example. I tend to call something a cloak if it's heavier, like the Stark's cloaks.
I think the outfit Tommen kills himself in is one of my favorite male costumes in the series. The color is one of my favorite colors period, and it works amazingly well in velvet. The necklace (that's probably not what it's called) is just so beautiful too. It's so simple but really elegant.
I love the way the clasps and closures are always so beautiful and often symbolic on this show... those direwolf clasps on Rob's cloak were a masterpiece... I also love that punched leather on Charles Dance, elegant but powerful, all his costumes were great. I think anything Oberyn wore was great, but that's mostly because Pedro Pascal did such an amazing job with the character, he was SO sexy... Baelish was another character that had great costumes, as much as his character was hateable he always looked great and his outfits really suited his personality on the show... sad to see so few northern costumes making the list, I know their costumes are often much simpler and not as visually stunning, but some of them are just so beautiful with the furs and leathers layered together.
Just to point out, Joffrey was officially a Baratheon, he didn't wear red and gold, he wore gold and brown for his wedding, maybe showing once again the loss of the Lannister's hold on him, especially that he was mostly wearing gold and red previously. It would make absolutely no sense for Margaery to wear Lannister's symbols. Anyway, Margery didn't really wear Baratheon's symbols either, except the crown whose antlers are overwhelmed with roses and thorns which is really a good metaphor of her growing influence on him.
Joffrey was the best dressed hands down. Ramsey was well dressed too. Why the best for the villains? Tyrion should be on this list. Varys outfit looks like a Geisha girl. What about Tommen? Tywin was well dressed. Compared to all the Lannister males Jaime was a rag muffin. Melissandre and Dany are the best dressed women. A shout out to Sansa.
Are these "laser cut" leather outfits actually, well, cut by lasers only? Would the designs be impossible to achieve with period techniques?
Of all the anachronisms on Thrones, I'm not going to quibble on this one. I am just curious though. Could a punch and scissors do the same thing?
I don't have all of the information on this, but the leathers for Tywin and Cersei are made by a company that uses this technique. I did find a leather jerkin that dates back to the Tudor period that used this very technique. You will find it on my Costumes of Tyrion video. Hope that's helpful!
I’m probably just late to the party on this one, but I never noticed, until this video, that Theon’s outfit while giving Sansa away was almost identical to Robb’s at the Red Wedding. Talk about a mind screw from the Boltons! It may have hit me on an unconscious level, but that’s why this show is several cuts above other fantasy series by a wide margin. Usually, the costumes for fantasy shows on TV are just dreadful but so much thought goes into the GoT garb. It only enhances what Martin has put on the page in the books.
While Rob looked great in the Red Wedding scene, Talisa looked like a beggar. I get that she wasn't a character who was concerned with appearances, but her costume was far too plain for the wife of a king at a formal occasion.
I need a worst 20 version of this too, and Rhaegar's wedding suit has to be near the top if not on it lol. Especially for anyone who read the books and knows how stylish and dashing Rhaegar was described to be (guy went to war with an all black armor decorated with his house's sigil made of rubies... died in style)
+Costume CO Yeah the actor they cast didn't look like a Targaryen at all. He is cute (and I got into fights with people whose argument was that he's "too ugly" to play Rhaegar because calling people ugly is just gross) but in a way that looks more Baratheon or Tully than Targaryen. The Targs are known for really chiseled bone structure and lithe physique, the actor was cute in a more masculine and buff way.
Your videos haven’t popped up on my recommendations for a while but this one did! It is really awesome to see how much you have grown from the days of talking about costumes at the Vikings exhibit at the ROM. Just wanted to say congratulations on all your success and keep up the great work 💕
Yeah sad thing is, I think when Joffrey died, he really could have taken a turn for the better. Manipulated by Margaery, he could have been toned down a little and at least he would have acted against the High Sparrow, contrary to Tommen. And I mean, according to this list, Joffrey was the most stylish man in Westeros!
In my opinion, the best costume was the hand towel Jon Snow was wearing when he was revived.
Second best would have been the just pants Jon was wearing when all the guys were getting shaved.
... I'll see myself out...
Joffrey's costumes will always be the best, but I love the brown coat Littlefinger wears over his pretty brocade. It looks almost like pinstripes, so we're reminded that he's a businessman, with all the personal greed that can go along with that. It makes his shoulders look wider so he appears more powerful, and it almost gives him a bit of an hourglass figure to remind us of how much time he spends with women.
a little surprised to see no jon (aegon) snow 'king in the north' costumes. i am happy to see the incredible fabric of joffrey's costumes acknowledged. also nice to see the Dornish costumes get the credit they deserve. a few bad sandsnakes costumes shouldn't distract from how awesome the other costumes on characters from that region were. i think the gold woodgrain costume on littlefinger is kind of gaudy and nouveau riche, which i think is the point, but he has others that are more subtle that i prefer, personally. thoroughly enjoyed the video as always!
Outside of the Sand Snake armor and the guards' uniform, Dorne has fabulous fashion. Don't worry, Jon will get his day in the sun. It's understandable if you like LF's more subtle costumes. Maybe I'm biased cause I always love me some sparkle, even if it looks a bit gaudy.
Say what you will about Joffrey but he was the best dressed. Oberyn was the sexiest, let's be honest. Littlefinger also had a great wardrobe and I think Clapton did a really good job of showing his journey through his costumes.
Great vid as always !
+Costume CO I will do my best..I just have to find a way to divide myself into 3 parts..😄😉😎 .. live isn't making it easy at times.. 🤣 ..sooo IF I don't make it..have a good one and say hello to A & T! 😘
I feel like one of the Stark Lord cloaks with the giant wolf pelt collars should have been on this list. I particularly like Jon's versions of this look. Sure, it isn't anywhere near as pretty as the Southern costumes, but it lends a gravitas to the characters. Those wolf pelt collars always make the characters wearing them look more impressive, badass, and authoritative.
+LouKa In many ancient cultures it was believed that wearing a part of an animal, or consuming that animal, gave you the powers/spirit of the animal. The Starks are an incredibly ancient family and it is likely that some of their customs date back thousands of years. Even if the Starks don't really know why those customs exist anymore, they still adhere to them.
Within the Game of Thrones universe, it is also very common for people to wear their family crests in some way, usually embroidery or armor details. The North is freezing cold and nowhere near as wealthy as the southern lands, so they opt for more practical ways to show off their family connections. A wolf pelt shows you are an important Stark, but also serves the practical purpose of keeping you warm.
So so many great and different men’s costumes. I love Rob but I’m honestly not overwhelmed with the Red Wedding costume. He was at war? Why would he have such a nice outfit? It seems out of place. All the others are awesome and see more accurate for the occasion 👍
@AU Packmule I remember Clapton saying that Robb would have something made for the wedding as it was his uncle getting married and also wanting to show respect to Walder Frey, especially after breaking his oath to marry one of the Frey girls.
I think it actually works quite well as it not over the top, it's subtle in it's elegance.
Thank you for this excellent video! I think my favorite from this was Tyrion's black laser cut outfit, one thing I think the video might have missed (only in my opinion) were the outfits of Jorah in the first season.
Yes, I'm glad to see Varys is included too! I'm really no expert in fashion but I honestly love how non-masculine Varys' costumes are. The large, folded sleeves really remind of kimonos and the like, and the subtle androgyny of his wardrobe makes him much more intimidating and striking in the mostly male-dominated society of Westeros.
I'm so happy with how this turned out! While it wasn't as difficult to put together as the women's list (still stings), it was still quite a bit of work doing this list. Every time we thought we had it set, another gorgeous costume appeared that needed to be in It. But it came out great! Very satisfied! Can't wait until tomorrow's live stream, hope to see y'all there!
Robb’s book Crown would have completed the look but it’s very nice, I don’t think I have noticed it before (maybe because of the dark lighting of because the horror of Red Wedding).
Jofferey is actually wearing Baratheon colors (gold and black) to his wedding, he is officially still an Baratheon). The wedding cloak however was in Lannister colors.
In general I love Tyvin´s costumes and Littlefinger´s costumes the most. Though the colors are mostly muted they don´t lack so many intricate details - that´s the best combination for me. Not to get bombarded with lavish and screaming colors but let the eyes search for the details that are perfect.
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