22 May 2024
Game of Clothes: History, Fantasy, Fashion
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Game of Clothes: History, Fantasy, Fashion

Do you like history? Fantasy? Game of Thrones? Clothing worn by powerful people? Simply want a chance to sit in the Iron Throne? If you answered yes to any of the above, we’ve got a one-of-a-kind exhibit for you, right here in Stockholm.

The fourth season of the hit series Game of Thrones premiers this spring, and the Royal Armoury in Stockholm has a special treat for fans and history buffs alike. The fantasy crossover exhibit “Power Games” opens March 14th.

The exhibit combines film, history, fantasy and fashion in an daring display focused on three figures: Swedish king Eric XIV, who ruled in the 16th century; English Queen Elizabeth I of history and the dramatic Academy Award-winning films; and fictional King Joffrey Baratheon of Game of Thrones.

Lines between fact and fiction are blurred but reinforce one another in the exhibit. Is Joffrey Baratheon a malicious monarch fabricated to further a fictional storyline – or could he be based on rulers such as Eric XIV, a mad king who married his mistress and brutally murdered his foes?

Visitors can ponder these questions while viewing clothing worn on-screen in Game of Thrones as well as in the film Elizabeth: The Golden Age. But the true highlight is the coronation robe of King Eric XIV – one of the few well-preserved examples of 16th century clothing.

And to top if off, you can take your own Power Games “selifie” with historical costumes. When playing the game of thrones you may win or die, as Cersei Lannister says in the hit TV series – but at the Power Games exhibit at the Royal Armoury, you’re simply guaranteed to have a blast.


What: Power Games: A Costume Drama at Livsrustkammaren
:  14 March 2014 – 4 January 2015, see opening hours here
Where: The Royal Armoury (Livsrustkammaren), Slottsbacken 3, Stockholm
Damage: 90 SEK for adults, free on Thursdays from 17:00 to 20:00, free for children up to 19 years of age


Featured Image: NBC Universal, Ashley Sears, Nationalmuseum (All images accessed through Livsrustkammaren)

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