Images of Daenerys Targaryen Dragonscale costumes from HBO's television series Game of Thrones Season 3 & 4 - Costume Designer Michele Clapton.
In Season 3 the Costume Designer Michele Clapton wanted a Dragonscale like textured embroidery that starts to emerge on three of Daenerys’s costumes, which becomes heavier and more pronounced, growing and evolving as the season progresses.
To create this I used a North American smocking stitch. I then used a metallic thread combined with blue embroidery thread to do a stitch called "lock stitch" (a good book to find this in is "A Tale of Two Stitches" by Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn) in a random manner to fix and blend the smocked dragonscale onto the dress.
On the second dress I used much more of the lock stitch and started to grow the decoration down the dress.
The third dress is made from a paper silk so has more sheen, again I applied smocked pieces to the shoulders, but added more down across the bust. Again I added the lock stitch in between, also using pieces of Italian tubular mesh wire, which I open up slightly and use a lock stitch over the top. The decoration is heavier than on the previous dresses and grows further down trailing off down the skirt panels. The final embellishment is a few Miyuki Tila beads and Miyuki drops in matt metal patina iris on the edge of the sleeve and neck adding another scale like texture.
In Season 4 we see the latest manifestation of Dany’s Dragonscale texture for her costumes developed further and becoming more decorative and regal in shape and tone.