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Daenerys Targaryen Costume

Updated on July 2, 2017

You won't find a ready-to-wear Game of Thrones costume for the Daenerys Targaryen character, but you can create something even better. Use the images and ideas below as inspiration to make your own version of the Khaleesi of Dothraki, Daenerys Targaryen.

  • As the Mother of Dragons, she's a strong-willed leader determined to regain the Iron Throne once her dragons are grown. She is strong and ready to fight in a halter and long skirt.
  • As Khaleesi of Dothraki she is regal, elegant, and even sexy in long flowing gowns.

Whichever style you choose, make sure to incorporate dragon scale stencils. The key to this costume is what you add to it: Belts, jewelry, and footwear, along with a great wig, will transform you into Khaleesi Daenerys. Use your imagination!

Daenerys Targaryen: Hair and Makeup

The hair must be long and white-blond, preferably hanging loose with some decorative braids. Deanerys is very fair and pale, but her eyebrows are dark and full.
The hair must be long and white-blond, preferably hanging loose with some decorative braids. Deanerys is very fair and pale, but her eyebrows are dark and full. | Source

Her most distinctive features are her white-blond hair and pale complexion—the sources of her nickname "Silver Queen." Find the right wig and hairstyle and you have the essentials for your Daenerys costume ensemble. Her long, flowing hair is often held in complicated braiding patterns. Whether you choose to replicate this style or go with something simpler, you will still have the right Khaleesi look.

  • Don't forget a wig cap! It's the secret to making a wig look like your hair.

Make sure you choose the right makeup to reflect her fair, pale complexion. Except her eyebrows, which are always dark and full.

  • Keep your lips and eye make up light and subtle.
  • The eyebrows must be dark and full.
  • For a truly authentic look, a little dirt here and there isn't out of the question!

Glam or Grunge Daenerys?

Costumes for Daenerys Targaryen fall into two distinct categories:

• Soft, flowing gowns for court.

• Leather and metal for the wilderness.

Either way you will want to include dragon scale stencil details.

Glam Daenerys Costume

When the Khaleesi dresses up for court, her look is breathtaking. Her gown style is essentially Greek, made of two strips of fabric sewn up the front to the bust, then down the back from whatever level you're comfortable with.

  • The fabrics are light and floaty, often transparent, though sometimes you'll see a heavier natural fabric like cotton or hemp.
  • Daenerys' trademark motif, dragon scales, can be duplicated with the printable stencil below and airbrush or paintbrush (assuming you can't find dragon scale print fabric).
  • The open-weave girdle and shoulder clasps might be a challenge. One solution is to stencil the dragon scale design on a solid fabric or leather piece and wear include heavy bronze armband with dragon design jewelry.

Grunge Daenerys Costume

Daenerys' wilderness or "barbarian" look features natural fabrics like leather, cotton, and hemp, plus metal accents and accessories.

  • Look for a brown cotton, leather, or hemp vest or halter and a matching long skirt.
  • Layer scarves and belts with Bronze Age-type pins and buckles.
  • Find low-heeled boots in soft leather or suede.
  • Age the materials with sandpaper, pound against a rough surface with a mallet, or even airbrush stains and scuffs. Your outfit should look well-worn, not brand-new.

Remember that the Khaleesi is the Mother of Dragons. Her clothing often includes dragon scales or are images of dragons. Use the scales stencil below to paint some dark green, copper, or iridescent scales onto your clothing.

Printable Dragon Scales Stencil

Print this stencil and cut out the white islands. Lay it down on some iridescent fabric and paint over the stencil. Alternately, lay the stencil on plain fabric and paint with iridescent paint to create a dragon scales pattern.
Print this stencil and cut out the white islands. Lay it down on some iridescent fabric and paint over the stencil. Alternately, lay the stencil on plain fabric and paint with iridescent paint to create a dragon scales pattern. | Source

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Daenerys Costume Accessories

The Khaleesi wears distinctive jewelry. To create an authentic Game of Thrones look, be sure to add a few well-chosen pieces to pull your entire ensemble together.

  • Look for dragon-themed jewelry including pins, necklaces, and rings.
  • Bronze Age-style ear cuffs or earrings for the grunge look and rough-cut jewel earrings for the glam look.

Mother & Child Costume: Mother of Dragons and her Baby Dragon!

InCharacter Dinky Dragon Infant/Toddler Costume, Infant (6-12) Blue
InCharacter Dinky Dragon Infant/Toddler Costume, Infant (6-12) Blue
If you have a baby, toddler, or child think about dressing up with your kids as Daenerys Targaryen and her dragon children! Remember to given them names and treat them with respect. They represent your revenge and the future of your people. Serious stuff here.

A Little Dragon for Your Khaleesi Costume

If you can't bring a real child dressed as a dragon, find a stuffed or toy dragon and attach it to your shoulder. As the Mother of Dragons, you'll want to show your love for your children!

  • There are beautiful, shimmery dragons out there. Find one that suits your look and drape it around your neck like a pet snake.
  • Make a ostrich-sized egg and decorate it with scales. Your baby dragon egg! Carry it around in your hands or in a basket.

Photo Credits

Unless otherwise noted, all photography credited to HBO, the source of Games of Thrones. (Thanks for the memories!)

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    • Rebecca Vergara profile image

      Rebecca Vergara 

      13 months ago from Miami, FL

      The baby dragon costume is adorbs!!!!

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      6 years ago

      Love GOT and the Mother of Dragons

    • Yawapi LM profile image

      Yawapi LM 

      7 years ago

      Great lens! I want to dress as Mother of Dragons this year for Halloween. Now, if I can only convince my 3 kids to dress as the dragons........(joking)

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      7 years ago

      games of thrones, love the series. lots of action

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      7 years ago

      I LOVE Game of Thrones. Still have to find the time to read the books. Great lens!

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      7 years ago

      Really impressive!

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      7 years ago

      Great information on how to make your own Daenerys Targaryen costume!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      7 years ago

      Love your costume ideas.

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      7 years ago

      I loved AGOT when I read it. Even built a website on it. Nice lens, she is one of the best characters after Ayra of course. The dragons are beautiful. Wish he'd hurry up and write some more.

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      Bill Armstrong 

      7 years ago from Valencia, California

      Love game of thrones, I purchase and watch all day long ;) thanks for sharing

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      7 years ago

      That is one exotic costume.

    • HardyGirl profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Depending on the type of dragon you get, you could stitch the body to the shoulder of your costume. Double-faced velcro is another idea if you want a temporary fix or if the dragon has a hard body. If you come up with a good solution, please post it here. Thanks!

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      success4ever lm 

      7 years ago

      I love GOT and I am reading 3rd book now, Danerys is one ofmy favorite character and I love the costume ideas :) thanks!!

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for all the great ideas!! Do you have any ideas on how to attach dragon to the costume?

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing a great costume idea. This is something new.

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      7 years ago

      Great costume idea.


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