There are an almost infinite number of reasons to be fans of Game of Thrones (both of George R.R. Martin's fantastical books and the HBO original series). Through each and every character, we question our moral compasses on profound and grim levels. We realize that humans aren't black or white; good or bad. But complex and ever-changing. And as with any period drama, there is bound to be something to be said of the fashion as well. I spend a lot of time thinking about what it would be like to know the characters of Game of Thrones IRL. I also spend a lot of time wondering what they'd wear if they lived in modern times. But at tonight's SAG Awards, Gwendoline Christie (whose role as Brienne of Tarth is reason enough to watch GOT, made me forget all about "what would the characters wear if they were real," and focus solely on her and her stunning red Gilles Couture gown.
I'm always drawn to looks that evoke a certain classic beauty — perhaps I have read far too many turn of the century texts or watched Casablanca one too many times — so Gwendoline's ensemble this evening is purely captivating. The deep cut of the gown, the matching red lip, the vintage ring, the striking bob. I can resonate with Brienne of Tarth quite deeply, for reasons that would probably take a whole essay to convey. And so it's nothing short of empowering to see a woman who so knows what it's like to be (or at least play) "the other" truly embrace her figure, her signature style and her individuality on the Red Carpet.