Cersei Lannister // Game of Thrones
Character Build Profile
Character: Cersei Lanniser
Show: Game of Thrones
Photographer: Photography by Debadeep Sen
Other Images by: Peter Airborne Photography, Colby Katz for NYT, Altered Ego Images, Matthew Weitzel Photography, Anna Rossman, Shaun Pickford
Hair, Makeup, Styling: me!
Materials Cost: estimated $200-$250
Time: 3 weeks
Date Completed: August 27, 2014
Debuted & Worn At: ConCarolinas 2014, B&N Pop Culture Weekend promo, DragonCon 2014
Breastplate pattern with designs: > link opens to Etsy
Cersei is interesting as a character, and Lena Headey is gorgeous in the portrayal of Cersei on screen. I have a thing for the "bad guys" sometimes, so this choice made perfect sense. Her outfits are always intricate and worthy of royalty, and coming from Dragonstone they have more lavish fashions than their other counterparts up North.
This build was very interesting and fun. After every event I wore it to I actually ended up adding pieces, and improving other pieces. There are still a couple of things I plan on doing before I reach this cosplay's final form. The one thing that stayed mostly constant was the actual dress. For ConCarolinas I paired the dress with Cercei's quadra-belt, which I whipped up in about an hour the night before. I ended up scrapping the piece, and designing the Battle of Blackwater breastplate she wears with the same dress. The breastplate itself is still actually incomplete, as I haven't added the intricate Lannister designs on it for fear that my free handing will just ruin the whole thing.
The wig also underwent some transformation each time I wore it. I started with the wig pulled back and attached two long twist braids, then I got rid of the braids extension and let the wig down and just did braids, then I undid the braids. Neither form was exactly Cersei-like (except for the braid bun on top) but I prefer the last one.
There were something like 5 other Cerseis (if not more) at DragonCon. It's always amazing to see other's interpretations and how they put it all together, and most of the time no two people use the same fabrics! I also totally broke the breastplate dancing way too hard at the Voltaire concert so it looks like I have some work to do putting it back together and into final formation.
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