While Jon Snow has been off hanging out with Daenerys Targaryen, Sansa Stark has been in charge at Winterfell on this season of Game of Thrones. But that doesn’t mean she’s let go of the trauma she’s faced in her past. It turns out a lot of her inner turmoil can be seen in what she’s been wearing this season.
In a post on the Making Game of Thrones site, costume designer Michele Clapton revealed the meaning behind the Stark kids’ wardrobe in Season 7. And Sansa’s costume has a particularly sad backstory. It turns out her repressive wardrobe is meant to put up a wall after how horribly she has been treated by men like Joffrey and Ramsay, and it serves as a warning for any other man who comes near her.
Clapton particularly liked the detail around Sansa’s belt. “This is her taking back control of her body. I designed it to wrap around over her side-laced dress to represent the absolute removal of any possible physical touch,” she said. She also noted that it’s a sign that Baelish shouldn’t try any sudden moves. “Her dresses are also tightly-laced on, incredibly difficult to remove; it’s a message to Littlefinger,” she said.
But there is one part of her look that’s positive, Clapton says, and is a sign of her ambition. “Sansa’s cape, for instance, represents Ned and her desire to take on more of a leadership role at Winterfell,” she said.
So Sansa’s wardrobe sends a big signals to anyone who tries to mess with her: don’t even try it because I’m the boss now. Not a bad way to power dress.