It’s that time of year again! No, not Halloween (though that is sneaking up on us faster that I realize). I’m talking about New York Comic Con time! Though not as prolific as San Diego Comic Con, NYCC is the East Coast’s biggest comic and media convention, boasting hundreds of exhibitors and tens of thousands of attendees.
Just like its West Coast counterpart, NYCC attracts countless collectors and, as such, has become a haven for exclusive merchandise. This is where Funko comes in. Over the summer we showed you all of Funko’s SDCC exclusives, the Pop!s, Dorbz, Rides and Vnyls that were only available at the con. Luckily, they’re bringing a pretty strong game to New York Comic Con as well.
Since they’re revealing all of their exclusives in waves so make sure to check back often as we update to see everything you can expect to find at NYCC.
This post contains minor spoilers from HBO’s Game of Thrones, but no book spoilers.
Game of Thrones has some of the most beautiful costuming I have ever seen. Each outfit tells the story of the character and the characters’ wardrobes evolve as their stories do.
Sansa Stark is a character who has transformed tremendously through the first four seasons of Game of Thrones. In the beginning, Sansa is a young girl, full of dreams and naivety, but by season four, she has learned to play the political games in King’s Landing. She’s a somewhat controversial character among fans, especially since she begins the series as an annoying, bratty teenager. Through the seasons, she learns quickly that her former dreams for the future are simply fantasy and she must adapt. Her wardrobe reflects her constantly changing status and the careful way she must portray herself to survive. For more on Sansa’s sartorial symbolism, this article is definitely worth a read (but beware spoilers!).
I interpreted four of Sansa’s looks into modern outfits. With each look, I’ll also analyze Sansa’s state and what her wardrobe reveals about her own struggles.
In the very beginning, Sansa is very much a young lady from Winterfell. She wears her hair the Northern way, had hopes of knights and romance, and wears clothing that is utilitarian, not frivolous. She dresses in simple dresses with warm detailing to protect her from the chill of Winterfell. At this point in the series, her clothing reflects her homeland. The Hound teases Sansa early on by calling her a “pretty talking bird, repeating all the pretty little words they taught [her] to recite.”To bring this look to life, I chose a simple boho-style dress with a floral print, reminiscent of the floral design on Sansa’s gown. To accessorize, boots and a faux fur vest are ladylike while still hinting at a colder climate. This outfit is inspired by nature, so top the look off with a replica of Sansa’s own dragonfly necklace.
In King’s Landing, Sansa learns that words are her armor. She chooses her words and appearance carefully, blending in at first by choice and then by necessity. Her clothing and hairstyles become more ornate — she is seen wearing this beautiful purple gown several times. At this point, Sansa is becoming disenchanted with reality, quickly realizing that “There are no heroes… In life, the monsters win.”
To reflect the ornateness of the dresses Sansa wears in King’s Landing, I chose a delicate plum dress with lace and chiffon detailing. Accessorize with subtle wolf jewelry as an ode to the Stark family and a reminder to keep your family close to your heart. A braided updo ties the look together as an homage to the elaborate braided styles of King’s Landing.
Who is your favorite Game of Thrones character?
Feature Friday this week is René Koiter. The Khal behind “Ask Westeros” teamed up with Rebecca Watts, who goes by GigawattsCosplay, to create these stunning Game of Thrones cosplay images that look as if they were pulled directly out of Essos. Me nem nesa.
Not ready to leave yet? Check out more in our Cosplay Gallery!
This post will avoid spoilers from season 4, but may mention some details from the first 3 seasons – you have been warned!
Margaery Tyrell’s Signature Style
Rich Jacquard Fabrics and Light Blue
Deep V-Necks, Backless Dresses, and Cut-Outs
Another consistent feature in Margaery’s clothing is the presence of skin. Margaery’s style is decidedly more modern than her peers, with low v-necks and stylish cut-outs. To me, the drastic difference represents both where she came from (a different place with a different climate and social rules) as well as her tendency to put her arm around others when she speaks with them. I think Margaery uses touch to establish intimacy and trust when she speaks with others (though we will have to see how genuine it is!) For more about Margaery’s “armor,” this post is a wonderful read.
Big Hair (Full of Secrets)
Margaery’s long, curly brown hair is also one of the key elements to her style. She is usually seen with some or all of it pulled back. Like many other costume design choices in the series, the hairstyles worn by women represent where they are from and their character development. (For example, Sansa, from the north, begins wearing her hair in the southern style to blend in, and eventually wears it “like Lady Margaery.”)
So, Game of Thrones is awesome, right? A great show with hot guys, complex relationships, kick ass ladies and dragons. How could you not love this show?
Well, here’s the thing: most of the people I personally know who watch GoT are women. So, extrapolating from that anecdotal data, I have come to the conclusion that there are, like, twelve guys who watch Game of Thrones. I mean, in a perfect world, before writing something like this, I’d be able to look up actual facts that would completely disprove that theory, but we hardly live in a perfect world so we have to face the truth: dudes don’t watch Game of Thrones.
But that can change! To get you started, here’s a few tips on how to convince your boyfriend to watch Game of Thrones:
Let’s face it, there are boobs all over the place in GoT. Like, just when you’re getting comfortable BAM more boobs in your face. And in this situation, that is great. Because guys love boobs. They will do anything to look at boobs, even sit through a plotty fantasy drama. Because boobs.
So, here is what you do: on your next watch-through of the series, just casually pause the TV or your laptop or whatever on a scene with boobs (I’d advise not pausing on anything with gratuitous wang unless your boyfriend is into that stuff). When you BF walks by and sees this, there will be a hypnotic attraction. Then, you unpause and watch as he gets sucked in.
If there’s anything guys like more than boobs, it is blood and violence. Luckily, Game of Thrones has plenty of that. Blood and guts and stabbings all over the place.
Best way to do this is to work it into casual conversation. Say your boyfriend is watching some kind of sport and you happen to see one guy hit another guy really hard. Throw out something like “Damn, he totally Drogo’d that guy.” Then, when your boyfriend asks for an explanation, offer to show him THAT Khal Drogo fight scene.
He’ll be hooked.
HE’LL FINALLY HAVE A REASON TO BELIEVE YOU WHEN YOU SAY “SIZE DOESN’T MATTER”
Tyrion Lannister, need I say more?
Hopefully, this means we can get more guys watching Game of Thrones. But if not, let’s face it, maybe it really is just a show that’s for girls.
Ashly is writer who is sick of hearing about how girls don’t watch Game of Thrones. You can find her on Twitter @newageamazon