Images of Cersei’s embroidered costumes from HBO's television series Game of Thrones Season 3 & 4 -
Costume Designer Michele Clapton.
In Season 3 for Cersei’s Wedding outfit the Costume Designer Michele Clapton had some rich dark red velvet printed with a gold design of the house of Lannister. I echoed this design which has two rampant lions but scaled it up to fit in a band around the top of the arm. I painted the design onto some gold organza and then started to embroider into it building up layers and texture. I used threads, small pearls, Swarovski crystals, metal beads, Italian tubular mesh wire, closed jump rings, and fine metal purl. Once the motifs were embroidered I cut the organza away and then stitched the embroidery onto the costume.
Cersei had a new kimono style costume and for this dress Michele Clapton wanted lions embroidered on the sleeves and wanted it to be bolder and more armour like. For this costume I embroidered stumpwork lions heads so they were particularly 3D and the decoration around was metallic and heavily encrusted with beads and metal rings.
In Season 4 Cersei’s latest embroidered costumes, apart from the one worn at “The Purple Wedding”, have become less richly decorated more muted with darker imagery to the designs reflecting her state of morning after the death of her son Joffrey.