The award-winning French costume designer Jany Temime is responsible for the looks of the new series
HBO’s hit series “House of the Dragon” (“A Casa do Dragão”, in Brazil) is making a name for itself. The first episode of the prequel to “game of Thrones“, released on August 21, was the network’s biggest streaming debut, with nearly 10 million viewers. Doing justice to the franchise, the production impresses with its technical quality, including the super elaborate costumes full of references. In view of this, the MT Platform team gathered curiosities about the looks of “House of the Dragon“.
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Based on the book “Fire & Blood“, by George RR Martin, the series, which takes place 200 years before the events of “game of Thrones“, tells the story of Targaryen House – family descended from Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), one of the most beloved characters from the original production.
From Hogwarts to King’s Landing
Award-winning French costume designer Jany Temime is responsible for the looks of the new series. She embraced the mission to replace the genius of her predecessor, Michele Clapton, who orchestrated a commendable job on the first production of the franchise. However, Temime is more than used to fantasy universes. She created the whole look of Harry Potter, gave James Bond elegance in the movies.”skyfall” and “Specter“, as well as dressing the character Natasha Romanov (Scarlett Johansson) in the Marvel movie, “Black Widow”. It is worth remembering that Jany also recreated Judy Garland costumes in “Judy”.
With all this professional baggage, she creates the clothes for “House of the Dragon“, with details of each character and the House they represent, drawing praise from the cast itself, such as actor Matt Smith, who spoke about Jany in interviews about the series.
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen dresses
And there’s no shortage of references for Temime. The most talked about looks of the series so far were the dresses worn by the young princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock, before the time jump). The costume designer revealed that the outfits were partially inspired by Moroccan culture and history.
In an interview with Tatler Magazine, Jany said she was captivated by the sublimely “mysterious” gazes of former Moroccan brides – and especially the large, magnificent earrings – when designing Targaryen’s wardrobe.
The coronation dress, Temime added, was difficult to design because it was supposed to be old for the time. “I wanted to do something cultural but not very recognizable. Their world is completely fantasy, and it’s hard when you’re trying to create a unique, antique, special dress. I wanted to create a beautiful version of something that viewers would be interested in using. One way for people to connect with characters is if whoever they see on screen resembles them in some way, so you need to be inspired by a lot of places,” she commented.
Costume cut from the scene
Queen Alicent is another prominent character in the plot and also features iconic looks. In an interview with Universa Uol, Jeny said that Alicent’s wedding dress was cut from the series. “Alicent’s most beautiful look was her wedding dress, it was amazing, but unfortunately it was cut at the end of the second episode. What a shame! There she was, magnificent, a queen. But oh well, she still has a lot more gorgeous dresses coming,” she commented.
Those who watch the series must have noticed that each Targaryen has its own style. Matt Smith’s Daemon Targaryen wardrobe also features elegant options with Asian references. “I love men’s tailoring, as my two James Bond films show. The inspiration for Matt [Smith] it was a Samurai skirt that I found and that we cut like his tunic using his shape. The first adaptation was a huge success and he moves brilliantly with the outfit. I was happy because he loved it”, commented the costume designer to Universa Uol.
Inspiration in the Renaissance
“House of the Dragon” is a fantasy and the setting of medieval times usually carries the spirit of stories of the genre, a formula used several times on the small screen. Jany Temime also drew inspiration from the early Renaissance for some costume elements.
importance of colors
Did you know that colors are essential to differentiate the Houses in the series? Very Harry Potter style. For the Targaryens, red and black are almost always present, after all, it’s the House of the Dragon, isn’t it? Thus, mythological beings are also a source of details, prints and jewelry. Many embroideries refer to tails, fabrics with leather scales and armor always have an association with dragons. Dracarys on them?