Unbowed. Unbent. Unbroken. The Sand Snakes might not be official members of House Martell but the bastard daughters of Oberyn Martell certainly live by his house words. The Sand Snakes group has been on the mind for years and I’m glad that it finally (mostly) came together even though the weather definitely did not cooperate and let us go down to the beach and take pictures on the sand. Sadly though, Lin didn’t defeat the snow quite in time to join us Sarella Sand but it will happen one day.
Obara Sand: Erin Nymeria Sand: Bria Tyene Sand: Abby Photography by Ceratopian with editing by Erin
All of us designed our own costumes, using the text as influence and sharing our sources of inspiration when it came to styles and fabric choices. For me, Nymeria’s overall design mostly stayed the same as my original concept sketch from about a year and a half ago. I kept trying to redesign it to not have a bare midriff given the cold weather but just couldn’t get it to work. More likely than not, I have a feeling that the style probably won’t be completely in line with how the Dornish look in the show but it was still fun to design and to create. I will also admit that I definitely look some liberties with her dagger since they are described as being well hidden but dangit! I wanted an excuse to get a shiny dagger and I was going to wear it!
Unbowed. Unbent. Unbroken. Yeah, we can dig that motto. We might belong to House Lannister and House Stark here at White Hot Room but we both have a healthy respect for the Martells down in Dorne. (Arianne and the Sand Snakes: BAMFs or BAMFs?)
Dorne is a hot land, the exact opposite of Winterfell so it makes sense that their fashion senses would be quite different. Their sigil and colours: the sun and spear and red and orange, say a lot about their house as does their motto. I considered the Sand Snakes (Oberyn Martell’s bastard daughters) when I made this post as they are members of the house in everything but name in a way that most bastards are not. Colour was something that I definitely paid attention to with the house colours, black, white, and gold but it was not something that I let limit my choices. Many of the looks have a casual ease to them while others definitely show a bit more skin, something I think the Martells would be right at home doing, (Margaery Tyrell, eat your heart out.)
We’ll start out with this dress by Prabal Gurung’s Fall Ready-to-Wear 2013 show. There’s a fabulous ease to this dress while still looking chic that would make it ideal for Dorne.
If any house is going to be able to work a strapless peplum top and capri pant, it is absolutely the Martells. Both of these looks by Christian Siriano would be perfect fits. I could especially see Nymeria or Sarella rocking these.
Speaking of the Sand Snakes, just try and tell us that this red dress by Reem Acra isn’t right up their alley.