From exiled princess to nomadic tribal bride to the Mother of Dragons and Queen in Meereen, Daenerys Targaryan has had an incredible journey across five seasons on HBO’s Game of Thrones—one that’s required an equally dramatic and diverse wardrobe. While most characters on the hit series have only had a handful of outfits over the years (Arya just got her first major costume change a few weeks ago), the Breaker of Chains’ closet has evolved significantly. We asked Emmy-nominated star Emilia Clarke which outfits have been her favorite—and least favorite—on the show, and received a few rather unexpected answers.
“Sentimentally, my favorite-favorite Dany outfit is some of the stuff from season 1,” Clarke said. “Because it’s season 1. And I remember putting it on and being like, ‘This is amazing!'” Clarke first cited this “viewing dress” from when Daenerys first met her Dotharki husband Khal Drogo:
She also mentioned this other dress she wore for her wedding ceremony to Drogo.
Dany’s Dothraki riding outfit, below, which she wore for most of the first season, is perhaps her character’s most iconic costume. Clarke noted her sentimentality about season 1 extended to this tattered garb as well, yet she wasn’t a fan of having a bare midriff. “I think having my tummy out the whole time was probably not my favorite,” Clarke says. “It’s after lunch, let’s have close-ups!”
But what about Clarke’s least favorite costumes over the five seasons? Those were tougher for Clarke to choose. Thrones has twice won the Emmy for Outstanding Costumes, and has been nominated in the category every year. Still, the actress gamely gave it her best shot. See what she chose on the next page. [pagebreak]
Clarke’s least favorite Game of Thrones constumes were “some of the stuff in season 2 when I was like, half-in-trousers and half-in-dress,” she says. “Those were probably my least favorite.”
The actress is likely referring to when her Dotharki outfit had largely evolved to have pants instead of a skirt in season 2:
But we’d also throw in this season 2 outfit as another possibility. Not to sound like the Essos Fashion Police, but look at that protruding metal thing—it’s like the dress came with a cup holder:
Clarke continues: “And around like seasons 2 and 3, I was like, ‘Can I have a pretty dress now?'” Indeed, in season 3, she did get another half-pants/half-dress outfit (though we actually thought this one was cool):
Clarke eventually got back to more traditional glamour dresses on the show, especially now that Dany is no longer wandering the wasteland and is living large in a Meereenese pyramid. Lately, she’s looking spectacular in costumes like this:
Yet some belly-baring is apparently still occasionally required:
[Image Credits: HBO]
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