Your brother would never have submitted to capture so meekly.
Get to know me meme [7/15] Favorite male characters: Tyrion Lannister
"Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you."
But it did no good to brood on lost battles and roads not taken. (Kevan Lannister, ADWD)
This Dress Is So Important: Cersei Lannister’s Armor Dress, Game of Thrones (2012)
"You might find a bit of armor quite useful once you become queen." -Cersei Lannister
"I love to try and indicate the emotional state of characters through their costumes, and also to indicate their influence over other characters and courts. Sometimes this says so much more than words." -Michele Clapton (Costume designer)
Cersei’s armored dress was a symbolic culmination of two seasons worth of character development. Her wardrobe in the first season was mostly comprised of duller, subdued colors, illustrating how her husband’s presence downplayed her own, as well as her need for subtlety while conspiring. First season gowns also often had birds, hand-embroidered by Michele Carragher, on them, symbolizing her decorative status and her desire for freedom. The next season saw the incorporation of more intense hues, often in her family colors of red and gold, as she began to gain power. The bird imagery moved over to include embroidered lions, mirroring her increasing aggression and protective feelings in regards to familial loyalty.
The armored gown made an appearance during the Battle of the Blackwater in the second season. While Cersei had worn metal belts that evoked Lannister armor since the start of the series, representing the way she cloaked herself in her family’s power, wearing an actual armored corset was a more overt reflection of her need to be seen as a peer of her male relatives. The armored gown had both lions and birds represented, with lion detailing on the bronze breastplate and birds embroidered on the fabric of the dress. The softness and the beauty of the dress was covered by the powerful Lannister armor, a turnaround from the first season where her delicacy had been more prominently on display.
The choice to include armor in her wardrobe continued into the third season and became a manifestation of her want of autonomy and a desire for power in a setting that rewards her only for her beauty and usefulness as a woman.