The Game of Thrones star’s entire outfit was a statement.
VANITY FAIR – When the stars descended on the SAG red carpet Sunday night, they did so in the shadow of massive nation-wide protests in reaction to the executive order banning people from certain countries from entering the U.S. It can be a surreal experience watching the actors talk about their projects inside a bubble that ignores incendiary headlines. Some performers, like Riz Ahmed and John Legend—who have both certainly been vocally political elsewhere—chose to keep the S.A.G. red carpet politics-free. “I’m not saving the world tonight,” Viola Davis told E! host Giuliana Rancic. But by striding down the red carpet in a shimmering, black, Vivienne Westwood jumpsuit, Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie was making a statement of her own citing Westwood’s “activist mindset” as the reason for their enduring partnership.
This isn’t the first time Christie has used that exact phrase. When she became the face of Westwood’s “Unisex” campaign in 2015, Christie said: “It is so relevant for Vivienne Westwood to re-assert their activist mind-set and create a collection that takes us beyond our current gender stereotypes with beauty and intelligence.” And while other women on the red carpet also wore accessories and even pants to make a statement, Christie’s fashion statement was the most eye-popping.
It’s the actress’s second major political statement this month: she tweeted in solidarity with the Women’s March. . .
— Gwendoline Christie (@lovegwendoline) January 21, 2017
And though she’s yet to use her social media to comment directly on the recent executive order, she retweeted a Desmond Tutu quote from Forest Whitaker urging unity over division. And Christie is every bit aware what kind of example her Game of Thrones character, Brienne of Tarth, sets in terms of breaking down the limits of gendered expectations. Usually she gets to do that good work in shining armor, but Sunday night she did it in shimmering sequins.