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Top Ten Costumes from Game of Thrones Season 5

Updated on August 31, 2017
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

Top Ten Costumes from Game of Thrones Season 5

Game of Thrones is an immensely popular show on HBO based on The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. Throughout its five seasons the show has consistently delivered lovely costumes.

As far as costumes go, Game of Thrones Season five gives us a lot of different elements but not a ton variety from costume to costume.

This page is a list of the Top Ten Best Costumes for the females characters from the fifth season of Game of Thrones. The costumes were ranked on aesthetics or how pretty they are, how the costume reflects the character and of course memorability.

The costumes were designed by Michele Clapton. This season also marks the end of Clapton designing costumes for the show.

Careful for spoilers if you haven’t seen season five.

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Number #10

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

Cersei in Black

Cersei wears a lot of black in Season five to reflect her mood and character. In Season five she is grasping at her fleeting remains of powers. To reflect this, most of her costumes are the same cuts as previous seasons but with a few tweaks in the details.

The gown she wears when she visits new queen Margaery is her armored standard gown with its trademarked flowing sleeves and tied front. The collar on this one stands up a little bit which is similar to other costumes she wears but not on this particular cut, so it’s a nice departure for her.

The costume is completed with her large bold necklace meant to show-off her the power is is clinging to so desperately.

Number #9

Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell
Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell

Margaery's Wedding Gown

In order to fulfill her desire to be the Queen, Margery marries Tommen which makes her third king husband. This time her wedding gown is more subdue than her gown when she married Joffrey back in season four.

It has a very similar in look to Sansa's wedding gown when she married Tyrion in season three, in the color, pattern and silhouette. On the bodice there a gold detailing that mimics the pattern but seems to be a metal component. Sansa’s wedding gown has armor detail on her hips but this armor seems to more like Cersei’s sense of fashion. In another costumes it’s clearer that Margaery is taking after Cersei’s fashion as Queen.

Margaery also wears this gown when Tommen tells her he can’t get her brother out of jail.

Number #8

Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei
Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei

Missandei in Dark Blue

Missandei in Dark Blue

Missandei doesn’t do a whole lot this season but this costume makes up for that a little bit. As is standard for Missandei she wears blue. Unlike other costumes she has wore this one is very dark blue.

This costume has an exposed midriff, pleated skirt and pointed collar. It’s a very intresting costume that fits into the style of both Meereen and Missandei and yet there is a nice power to it which is nice to see in an Missandei costume.

Number #7

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark

Sansa’s Dark Cloak

Unfortunately Dark Sansa didn’t fully emerged like the end of season four promised. She has a few little moments though before she trampled on again. Most notably in the trailer when Littlefinger tells Sansa to avenge the one she loves which gives this cloak a hint of the darker Sansa from season four.

The cloak is black with a fur trim and diamond pattern. It defiantly speaks to the power Sansa should have had this season while still maintaining a graceful feminine charm.

Number #6

Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand
Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand

Ellaria Sand

After Oberyn’s death at the end of season four, Ellaria is on a mission for revenge albeit a really misguided one. Her costume is very similar to what she wears in season four with its pointed shoulders with beaded details and plunging neckline. Unlike season four, Ellaria is in all black to convey her mourning and there are new details which are seen a lot in the costumes for the Dorne storyline.

One new element is the criss-cross leather armor on her chest. This leather detail has a snake scale-like stamp pattern on it that befits Oberyn’s nickname of the Red Viper. There is also a green lining along the collar that has a slight pattern.

The costume is complete with an amulet that has a winged figure that is used for poisons and antidotes. She also were snake arm bands on her wrists.

Number #5

Keisha Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand and Jessica Henwick as Nymeria Sand
Keisha Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand and Jessica Henwick as Nymeria Sand

The Sand Snakes

We have a little bit of a tie here, and fair warning this isn’t the last three ways tie you will see on this list.

The Sand Snakes are a big departure from the books were their differences are more apparent. In the show it’s really the costumes that mark them as being slightly different characters which is why, the list ties them together.

Obara’s costume (left) is the most divergent of the trio. As Obara is the most martial of three this is reflected in her leather armor. It has a high neckline and is sleeveless. It’s leather is two-tones and has the signature snake-scale stamp that is seen in the other two costumes and Ellaria’s costume. There is also a waist detail that helps makes this costume a touch more feminine.

Tyene’s costume (center) is more feminine than Obara's costume is the most daring of the Sand Snakes. Her bodice is a yellow pattern and exposes her sides and back more than the other two costumes. The signature criss-cross detail hits her lower than the other two costumes as well and her belt hits lower too. This costume is meant to showcase Tyene’s more wild and mischievous streak but in an alluring way.

Nymeria’s costume (right) is a lot like Tyene’s costume but with a sense of refinement while still being martial. It has the same soft sandy color of Tyene’s costume and well as the same flowing fabric but the more leather fits with Obaras’ costume. Her costume has a more plunging neckline but the criss-cross hits at the neck like Obara. Nymeria's costume communicates her deadliness and elegance.

Not to editorialize but I was very disappointed by the Dorne storyline in the show and although I liked the costumes bI would have had like to seen Arianne Martell over the three Sand Snakes.

Number #4

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark

Arya in Braavos

Finally Arya makes a costume list. Most of Arya’s costume prior to season five have been masculine or unkempt which suits Arya’s character but all that changes when Arya crosses the Narrow Sea and goes to the House of Black and White to learns to become No One, or a member of the Faceless men.

Arya dons this costume in the guise of a seafood seller named Lana to do away with the Thin man. Besides some costumes in season one, this the most feminine we have ever seen Arya. She is in a skirt with a slight pleat and has a crocheted belt and bolero. The bolero is meant to invoke filigree copper. It defiantly a new look for Arya which makes it memorable.

Number #3

Nell Tiger Free as Myrcella Baratheon
Nell Tiger Free as Myrcella Baratheon


This isn’t quite a three way tie, it's just that the costumes Nymeria and Tyene wear at the end of season five are VERY simalar to Myrcella’s costumes in this cut and fabric that they just fit in to it.

Throughout season five, Myrcella wears a costume that have been liken to wearing a cloud. The idea is that this costume looks like it could just follow off which makes it very romantic. It somewhat see-through and has a plunging wide neckline and lovely gathers and pick-ups on the sleeves and waist line. It was one my favorite part of the Dornish story and the much-talked about episode six which we’ll get to in a second.

Myrcella wears this costume in two colors yellow and pink. Tyene and Nymeria also wears these colors, Tyene in yellow but with the sleeve more off the shoulder and Nymeria wears it in a softer pink tone. Both colors are lovely in this gown's style.

Number #2

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark

Sansa's 2nd Wedding Gown

Speaking of episode six, the shock of episode six comes at the end with Sansa’s wedding to Ramsay Bolton which a departure from the book. Aside from the wedding night scene as whole and Ramsay, Sansa’s wedding gown is very lovely.

The gown is meant to invokes elements of her family. The feather collar represents the fur collars her father and brothers worn when they went hunting. The shape and the clasps represent her mother as the clasps are of fishes for house Tully. The fabric is also lovely while still being bold. The little puff at the wrist is also a nice romantic touch.

It really was the perfect wedding for winter night in the Godswood, shame that she had to marry Ramsey Bolton.

Number #1

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen | Source

Three (four) way tie Daenerys

Daenerys’ costumes in season five reflect her new station is life as the Queen of Meereen. In past seasons Daenerys has worn mostly blue which is Dothraki color and was meant to honor Khal Drogo. Now to showcase her royal stature she wears all white this season.

All her white costumes have very similar cuts. They all have long flowing sleeves that have a cape like way to them. They also have v-neck detail with a strap across her chest. There are some minor difference between the costumes like one is a darker, one has dragoon scale with a pleated skirt and so on.

Another problem is all the scenes she wears the costumes during are pretty memorable so it really turns into splitting hair so that is why there all these costumes are just tied together, they just run together too much.

All of Daenerys’ queen costumes are beautiful, bold, powerful, elegant but they all have a hint of vulnerability just like Daenerys.

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

Honorable mention

Daenerys’ Dragon Necklaces

Daenerys’ Dragon necklaces are amazing. In past seasons she has worn like dragon teeth necklaces which were great but in this season she had like dragon head pieces that were like armor and gave her white queen gowns an edgy even more powerful vibe.

She has two necklaces one and she wears one when she was in the fighting pits and Drogon saved her and the other when she meant Tyrion for the first time.

These necklaces are just so cool.

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

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