If you're still fixated on the dragon necklace worn by Daenerys Targaryen in season five of Game of Thrones (hand raised), then you're going to be thrilled by this news. Emmy-winning costume designer Michele Clapton has teamed up with London-based jewellers Yunus & Eliza to form MEY designs, which will soon bring those same pieces worn by our darling badass Khaleesi into the world outside of Westeros.
Khaleesi Dragon Choker, Dhs7,383
Michele Clapton first joined forces with Yunus Ascott and Eliza Higginbottom to create custom pieces for season five of the show. In order to complete Khaleesi's wardrobe, she realised that a set of strong, sculptural pieces were needed to portray her elevated yet fragile status. On working with the London-based jewellers, Clapton says, "There's a sort of edginess that I thought was really appropriate to Dany. They seemed to understand what a strong and complicated character she was."
As these pieces were revealed throughout the season, the demand for Khaleesi's jewellery became very apparent. Enter the birth of MEY designs, where the trio decided to collaborate in order to bring that dream into reality. This partnership, along with HBO Global Licensing, will give fans the chance to own authentic versions of the unique creations that have previously only been worn by the show's stars.
According to Yunus & Eliza, "We have had such an amazing response to the dragon neck sculpture we made with Michele for Khaleesi, it has become iconic, with fans contacting us daily from around the world. Finally being able to own it is going to make a lot of people very happy!"
The jewellery collection, set to debut on June 30, will feature 26 pieces made from solid sterling silver. Four of these are hero pieces worn by the Mother of Dragons in seasons five and six, along with everyday pieces that include bracelets and stacking rings. Items will start at Dhs367 and can purchased at mey.london. For more information, visit MEY Designs on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Flight cuff, Dhs3,967, and earrings, Dhs1,101
We had the chance to speak exclusively with costume designer Michele Clapton about the collection. Read on for our full Q&A below.
Why did you choose Daenerys to model the collection around?
"I think she's a character that sort of appeals to both men and women. They're both drawn to her. She's so beautiful, and yet complicated, and dynamic. She just seemed to be the perfect vehicle to launch the collection around."
How does her personality show through in the designs?
"She's such a multifaceted personality. She's strong, she's rebellious, and yet she's gentle. I wanted the jewellery to be this strong and iconic, and transmuted to display her mood and allegiance. And intent! I really love jewellery itself; it's saying something. It's a display and like a protection. So it's complicated. I wanted it to really reflect her personality, and then again link it to modern women and all the things that we face."
How do you think her jewellery will translate into real life?
"I think that in the collection we have these huge statement pieces that can be worn many ways. They can be dressed up with eveningwear. or they can be worn in an edgy way with attitude and strength. That's the way that I'd like to see them, as we have in the pictures. We've also made some understated pieces for people that don't want to shout about them."
Dragonstone pendant, Dhs1,065, and Armour earrings, Dhs808
Can we expect mostly statement pieces? Will there be items that are wearable for everyday?
"There are four main statement pieces that Khaleesi wears in the show, and then there are 26 pieces that support those four big pieces that are probably more wearable. And she may end up wearing some of the bits [in the show], but at the moment the story is around those four pieces."
How does a piece of jewellery come to life, from concept to final product?
"I initially sketch out the idea to give the direction of the piece and what it needs to do, and then I talk to Eliza & Yunus, and they bring their views on it. Then they hand-carve it into wax so we can get the proportions, and then we try it on Dany to make sure it's fitting, because the big pieces have to fit really beautifully, and be comfortable to wear. If they're not, they don't work. They distract her. A lot of it is really articulated so the wings move with her movements. So, once you've made it in wax, then they will transfer it into silver — all the pieces are solid silver. It's a very lengthy process just to get the beauty, and we carve a lot of it away because we all like it to slightly speak to, to have a modern sense to it. But still to keep that strength. We just go back and forth until we refine it and we're all really happy with the design."
What's next? Are you planning to expand the collection to include other characters or TV shows?
We have lots of plans in the pipeline ... and yes, we would like to expand it! We'll look into more characters and see where we go with it.
Via Harper's Bazaar US