Between working for the man, witnessing the world fall into chaos, and still trying to be an all around bad bitch, I have been rather overwhelmed. As a result, I have been taking quite a few mental health days. As per yooj, fashion (and my new therapist) is what is getting me through these rough days. Namely the fashions of Daenerys Targaryen.
I am a HUGE GOT fan, so when I feel I am falling short of the glory of Beyoncé, I re-watch my favorite episode of Game of Thrones, “Battle of the Bastards.” I feel conflicted about that given that my favorite character, Arya isn’t featured in that episode, but it’s my favorite nonetheless. There’s something about the redemption of the Stark family that makes me feel everything will eventually be okay.
Now that the penultimate season has ended, and I am yearning for the final season to premier, I have been re-watching the entire series. For this reason, I have to take a moment to acknowledge Daenerys’ fashion, and her braids. I like to think there’s a Black woman working in hair and makeup that slays the hell out of those wigs, but alas I have seen no evidence to support that.
Here are some of my favorite Khaleesi fashion moments, as I assuage my desire for the final season to be here now.
This look from season 5, episode 9 “The Dance of Dragons” is my absolute favorite. It’s so regal, and pristine, in contrast to the carnage to follow. But hey, if you just barely escape a brutal death by riding out on your dragon, shouldn’t you at least be in a bomb ass ensemble to do so?
I mean honestly, what else would one wear to go rescue ones bae from murderous zombies? Season 7 was very truncated, resulting in plot holes, and rushed plot lines, but there were some bright spots. One of which was episode 6 “Beyond the Wall,” when Daenarys comes to Jon’s rescue in the battle against the white walkers (RIP to Drogon though). The dragon chain that she wore all season was a nice accent piece across the bodice of this fur dress/coat. The look got progressively more intricate in the back resembling scales.
Season 5, Episode 2 “The House of Black and White” gave us the first all white cape dress, but this one had much more detailing and embellishment, earning it its own place here.
Daenarys has been nakey…A LOT! And Emilial Clarke got a lot of unnecessary backlash for it IRL. People are naked sometimes guys, get over it. Two of her greatest victories on the show featured her emerging naked from fire; hence, why the moments where she gets to really kill it while it fully clothed are all the more rewarding. In season 3, episode 4, “And Now His Watch Is Ended,” when she tricks Kraznys mo Nakloz into giving her the army of the Unsullied, I think I yelled, YES BITCH! Her look here wasn’t regal, or feminine. It was much more toned down and practical, as this was her first real step towards becoming a conqueror.
In season 4, episode 10 “The Children,” Daenarys decides it’s best to chain her dragons up in a dungeon after they kill someone’s child. The dress here is so beautifully detailed, and unexpected. The pleats juxtaposed with what I think is leather with laser cut designs, shows the duality of woman and conqueror. The two don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
Lastly, I love her battle looks. Most of the series, we see her in white, light gray, earth tones, blue, etc. Once she comes into her own and starts pursuing the iron throne, we see her put the feminine aethetic aside, and get ready for war. The all black is so bad ass.