Would Game of Thrones' armour be viable in actual combat?

The armour worn by Westeros' soldiers can look absolutely beautiful - but would it have protected them in Medieval warfare? The Metropolitan Museum of Art is going to be holding a talk on just that as part of a new series of Lectures at the institute.

The talk, 'Dressed to Kill' is part of a new Lecture series called SPARK starting next month, and will see Michele Clapton, the show's costume designer, discuss how history has influenced the look of the beautiful armour worn by Brienne, Jamie and more in Game of Thrones, and if it really could stop all their fleshy bits from being hacked apart in swordfights. She'll be joined by Artist Miya Ando, who looked to ancient Japanese armour designs to create a bulletproof, steel Kimono for an art display (which sounds both rad and incredibly impractical!) as well as Pierre Terjanian, the Museum's curator for their Arms and Armour department.


So what do you guys think? Does Game of Thrones depict a realistic approach to amour in its design? I mean, from a cursory glance it at least seems practical - Brienne isn't running around in a steel bikini or whatever - or is it just all for show (well, of course it is, it's a TV show, but you get what I mean)?

If you're in NYC and interested in attending the lecture, it takes place on December 2nd at 6pm, and the $30 tickets for seats can be purchased at the Museum's website. I'd definitely check it out if there wasn't an ocean between me and the museum!


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