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Game of Thrones: the most dramatically beautiful costumes of all time

Michele Clapton, the costume designer on hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, has won awards for the incredible costumes she's created on the show.

Her attention to detail (working with embroiderer Michele Carragher, jewellery designers Yunus and Eliza, and plenty more collaborators) is second-to-none, and the embellishments and the silhouettes that she dresses Daenerys Targaryen, Sansa Stark and co. in are worth salivating over in HD.

Stark started life as a shy Winterfell Princess and, by season seven, is a stronger, more powerful young woman. Back in season three though, she was forced to marry Tyrion Lannister, and her wedding dress was one of masterful proportions. 

As season seven ends today, let's take a look back at the most stunning costumes to ever appear on the show...

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The dragon scale in the costumes of Daenerys Targaryen (pictured left in series four) has grown as her character has grown in strength. It's just one of the messages woven into the embroideries of the show's costumes. 

In season one, Daenerys Targaryen was a weak woman abused by her brother and husband. Her clothes matched her circumstances, and were made from rugged natural materials found in her homeland.  

As she grew up, traveled the world and became a warrior queen, Daenerys Targaryen's look developed to match. Richer fabrics and strong, caped silhouettes became her new staples by season three.

Daenerys Targaryen in season four of Game of Thrones.

By season five, Daenerys Targaryen had become a leader and her penchant for capes had morphed with a love for stunning regal dresses.

Jewellery, too, is a key part of Daenerys Targaryen's look and Michele Clapton began commissioning sculptors Yunus and Eliza to make intricate one-of-a-kind pieces like this dragon choker for actress Emilia Clarke to wear on the show.

Former slave Missandei, pictured here in series four and played by Nathalie Emmanuel, is now always draped in goddess-like Grecian halternecks. Since becoming an aide to Daenerys Targaryen, her clothes tend to mimic her leader's without outshining them. 

Wrap-around crop tops are another signature for Nathalie Emmanuel's character, again suitable for the warmer climates that she lives in.

Cersei Lannister's look is quite Medieval, with heavier regal dresses and etched plate-like belts. Here, in season five, she even has the bold sleeves of the period.

Cersei also often wears off-the-shoulder styles, embroidered with her house coat of arms, the lion.

One of the most dramatic transformations on the show comes in season 5 when the High Sparrow's church strips Cersei of her rich clothes, jewels, and signature long hair as a punishment for her crimes.

Margaery Tyrell was another character who favoured a Medieval court-style look. Often in her house's blue hue, her outfits usually featured cut-out panels.

Michele Carragher, chief embroiderer on the show, describes Margaery Tyrell's wedding dress from season four as one of her favourite of all to make on the show. Its train is covered in hundreds of handmade flowers. 

Arya Stark has drawn the short straw in the wardrobe department over the last few series, as she's been on the run and has had to make do with the scrappy clothes she can get her hands on. Apparently, in season seven, we may see her back in her signature dresses and armours.

Myrcella Baratheon, the daughter of Cersei Lannister and Jaime Lannister had a relatively short part on the show, yet her costumes were always epic princess-worthy dresses.

Here, in season five, she met with her calculating prospective in-laws, wearing a pink taffeta gown with a brocade bustle.

The other new staple in Daenerys Targaryen's wardrobe is dragon-scale textures. Game of Thrones' chief embroiderer Michele Carragher tells The Telegraph that each skin-look costume takes between three and ten days to embroider.

Brienne of Tarth, played by Gwendoline Christie, has a stand out look in that it never falters.  Her armour is tough, usually with a belt or two to give her waist some slight definition.

Melisandre, the red woman, usually wears her signature colour. Draping is one of her greatest tools for creating drama and mystery in her look.