ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Queen of Sparta: Gorgo's concept dress

Updated on July 25, 2010

The Queen of Sparta

Queen Gorgo is the female lead character in the movie '300'. She is the strong-willed Queen of Sparta, and wife of King Leonidas.

I was inspired to make a Gorgo costume when some friends decided to do a 300 costume group for a local convention. I wanted to make one of Gorgo's movie dresses to wear along, but then discovered the concept outfits in the Art book, and immediately decided that one of those would become my costume!.

This is one of my most favourite costumes, it's very quick and easy to put on, and it's a lot of fun to wear.

Dress construction

I started out spending a couple of hours looking at the picture, and sketching out how the straps on back should look. It was a bit of work, but I'm very happy with the final design - looks just like the front of the concept, and I got a nice criss-cross pattern across the back. Worked out the pattern to have 4 different straps, all different lengths.I

found a nice cream coloured fabric that had a crinkle in it, which would be perfect for the costume. I bought all that was left in the store - 4 metres, because the dress would need to be double-layered (fabric was very thin!).

I bought half a metre of brown vinyl for the straps, and cut it into lengths about 1.5cm wide. There was plenty of vinyl left over in case I made a mistake. I dyed the back of the vinyl so it wasn't white, then started arranging it into the straps on me, pinning them to each other so I could adjust the straps while I was wearing them. After I had the straps and their lengths sorted, I started hand-sewing them together at the points where they intersected.

When that was done, I made patterns for the 'top' pieces, and slotted them in between the straps to help get the pattern pieces to fit. When they fit how I wanted, I hand-stitched them to the vinyl. I then made a pattern for the skirt, which took a while to do. The skirt is handsewn on under the right 'top' piece. The skirt ended up being a bit bigger at the hip than I wanted, but the problem was easily fixed by sewing in a small strip of elastic.

There was then the problem of getting the skirt to stay in place! The buckle held it in place at the waist, but there was still the chance a gust of wind could blow anything below that point open. I fixed this by getting buying some skin-coloured underwear to wear under the costume, and stitched a a snap on so the bottom edge of the skirt could be attached at this second point.

It worked, out in the wind there were no problems with the skirt blowing too much

Lena Headey interview: Making of 300

Interview with Lena, which showcases her in a number of her different outfits.


The buckle was made when I bought a matching set of earrings and necklace. I soldered a brooch-backing onto the back of the necklace pendant, and voilla! Instant buckle! I may look at an alternative to the buckle though - it's not a part of the concept image, was just a quick way to figure out how to hold the straps all together at the side!

I got the shoes from a store called Equip. This was the only place I found that sold flat gold strappy sandals! I really like the sandals, they're comfortable, and it's easy to spend a day trooping in them without getting sore feet *glares at the painful GG boots*

Accessories... well, basically everything came from Equip! The earrings, the necklace I used for the brooch, and the gold bangle were all from there.

Gorgo merchandise on Amazon

Queen Gorgo collectibles, posters, and ready-made costumes!

Costume Gallery

Click thumbnail to view full-size


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      Hmm I want to be king.

    • FancyThatUK profile image


      6 years ago

      That is one impressive costume! Nice one!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)