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  • A Game of Thrones Love Letter Part Two; Margaery Tyrell.
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    A Game of Thrones Love Letter Part Two; Margaery Tyrell. “No, I want to be the Queen.” Unlike my beloved Oberyn, Margaery Tyrell is my other favourite Game of Thrones character who is thankfully very...
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    Last night we watched the season two finale of Game of Thrones in all its mind-f*cking glory. (Daenerys got her dragons back, FTW!) Anyway,we haven’t mentioned this much before but…here at Fashionista we’re obsessed with G of T. The compelling plot, ass-kicking women characters (say what you want about Cersei, but she is no wallflower) and the absolutely stunning styling in the series have all kept us hooked. So we got on the phone to chat with Kevin Alexander, the show’s hair designer, and Michele Clapton, the costume designer, both of whom were nominated for Emmys for their work on the show. Needless to say, we had tons of questions for them. From Daenarys’ (aka Khaleesi, aka the Mother of Dragons) killer platinum braids to that crazy breastplate Cersei wore while drinking herself into a stupor during the siege of King’s Landing, we got all the behind-the-scenes secrets. Want to know how they make the characters so disgustingly dirty? We found out. Wondering how many wigs are used and what they cost? (Hint: A lot and a lot.) There’s even an awesome Bjork/Alexander McQueen connection. So read on for all the scoop. Winter is coming, people. (PS: There are spoilers in here–you’ve been duly warned.) The Costume Inspiration: The costumes in Game of Thrones are epic. Because of all the different locations and climates, outfitting all the characters is a major undertaking. While the show has an obvious medieval vibe, it’s still a fantasy set in a fictional time and place, so Michele Clapton, the costume designer, took inspiration from lots of sources to get the unique look of each locale. Clapton said that besides medieval England and Europe, she looked at all different tribes and cultures. The Bedouins inspired the look of the Dothraki, the desert oasis of Qarth owes a nod to Persia and the Middle East, and the wildlings north of the Wall wear their fur the same way as the Inuit tribes (that would be fur side in, skin side out). She was also inspired by Japanese and Persian armor, but you won’t find literal translations in the series. Many of the wardrobe looks come from Clapton’s imagination, rather than directly from the book. “Sometimes the descriptions [from the book] don’t translate well to screen, “ she said. “If we took them literally it would be a very different look–too extreme.” For example, in the book, the doomed King Renly had a posse of rainbow warriors (gay symbolism?) but she didn’t think that would work onscreen. Next up: The hair is a big deal… Hair Inspiration and Symbolism: Kevin Alexander, the hair designer, sticks pretty religiously to the hair references in the book–there are many and they’re all rather symbolic. You’ll recall that hair color was a key plot line when Ned figured out that the blonde Joffrey was the child of Cersei and Jaime’s (eww) incestuous union rather than the king’s son. Red heads also figure prominently, from the auburn Catelyn Stark and her offspring, to that smoke monster-birthing Malisandre and the sassy wildling Ygritte. So besides the books, Alexander’s research led him to the pre-Raphaelite artists, and painters like John William Waterhouse and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. And what about those killer braids? “They come out of our imagination actually,” Alexander said. The braids all started with the Dothraki, and then when Daenerys became one of them, she adopted a more plaited style, and the rest is history. So what’s involved in all the hairstyles? Wigs: Alexander estimates that 20-30 wigs are in use on the show; show principals like Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), Cersei (Lena Headey), Malisandre (Carice van Houten), and Margeary (Natalie Dormer) all wear wigs, which can cost up to $7,000 each. Why so expensive? Alexander explained that the price shoots up the longer you go–and some of the wigs are 24-28 inches long. The human hair is sourced from India, Europe, and Russia. Plus Cersei’s wig doesn’t have any chemical processing at all. The wig maker sourced individual colors and strands of hair, which were then individually knotted onto a lace cap for her golden blonde blend. The wi
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