Weirwood Tree Dryad Gown



Daisy Viktoria


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Other Credits

Photographer: Rob L, Videographer: Joy Knouse

Outline the story …

The weirwood tree is a symbol of the old gods in A Song of Ice and Fire. Weirwoods are characterized by smooth bone white wood trunks and blood red leaves with five points. Most weirwoods have faces carved into their trunks. I wanted to further personify this sacred tree by creating a weirwood dryad gown. I was inspired by the look of red carpet and gala gowns and wanted to make the weirwood tree into a couture dryad dream dress. I designed the body of the gown to be white with red leaves and appliques. While the headpiece forms the top of the tree, I wanted to capture the aesthetic of falling leaves cascading down the dress. Not only is the weirwood tree itself white, but it is often found in the snowy north, and I wanted to blend the tree into the snow, as it is often depicted surrounded by fallen leaves. I wanted the under skirt to have some red at the bottom, as a nod to the tree’s red sap. In designing my gala worthy gown, I decided to have a deep red ombre at the top of the under skirt, as well as the chiffon sleeves I added for an ethereal touch. The branches help to give a larger than life appearance and tie in the tree’s personification as a nod to dryad and faerie imagery. I chose to have the branches reach up from my back the way wings reach up from a mythical creature.

Outline the construction…

All patterns were drafted by me. The corset is constructed using spiral and flat steel boning and waist tape. The corset and skirt are both made of white duchess satin. The corset is lined in cotton twill and interlined in duck canvas. The over skirt is lined with cotton twill to create more weight, and the hem is reinforced with horsehair to give body. The bottom of the skirt is decorated with sequined lace trim, and leaves adorn the entire length, scattered as though fallen from the tree. The overskirt contains twill tape and buttons used as a bustle system on the inside, inspired by Victorian skirt construction, so that I can bustle the skirt for walking. The underskirt is made of satin I had printed in ombre, which I digitally designed. This skirt is fitted with a back zipper and a side front slit. The headpiece is a covered headband base and a covered foam structure, which I designed and sewed onto the headband, and eaves are hot glued onto the structure. Chains hang from the front and back of the headpiece, with red leaves sewn in. The sleeves are chiffon, printed in custom ombre, hand stitched to the branches, all a separate structure that sits inside the back of the corset and ties into the corset in front. Leaves and appliques are hand stitched onto the corset and skirt. Small branches are stitched onto the corset, and two branches are hand stitched to the back of the skirt.




  1. Avatar Mandy Vedder on March 11, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    I just love the way the train bustles up. Almost like you’ve made 2 separate gowns

  2. Avatar Heather McGreal on March 11, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Beautiful work. I love how the placement of leaves works so well down and when the skirt bustles

  3. Avatar Ashley Taylor Anderson on March 12, 2021 at 3:59 am

    This is so rad! I love the leaves and branches in the top part of the composition, and the shape of the skirts. A very unique take on GoT themes.

  4. Avatar Rebecca on March 12, 2021 at 4:52 am

    this is lovely! i love the red leaf motif, and the blood berries ornamenting the bodice. and i have a soft spot for costuming with branches! good luck from icarus!

  5. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on March 12, 2021 at 9:18 am

    The mix of lace and leafs is just brilliant! the textures are delicious <3

  6. Avatar REGINA AYALA on March 15, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    This is beautiful! Red on white is so striking and, I love your use of different textures.

  7. Avatar Marion Brégier on March 16, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    I love this so so SO much, I’m running out of words !

  8. Avatar Elizabeth Hatfield on March 16, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Very intriguing concept idea; it’s very cool.

  9. Avatar Amanda on March 19, 2021 at 1:20 am

    This is beautiful!! I love the branch wings, very clever!

  10. Avatar Carly Van Groeningen on March 19, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Beautifully done, so dramatic!

  11. Avatar Marion Brégier on March 20, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    It is strikingly and hauntingly beautiful – which I think is fitting for those trees! <3

  12. Avatar Peta Pendlebury on March 22, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    So lovely – especially the back view gathered up and the vibrancy of the leaves. I really liked the way the bodice stood away from the body too in the video and that lovely head dress. Your hair was the perfect shade too!

  13. Avatar Maeri Certo on March 26, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    What a cool design! Love the details and the shapes!

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