Star Wars Goes High Fashion: See Gwendoline Christie in a Captain Phasma-Inspired Gown

The actress who plays the fearsome “Chrometrooper” in Star Wars: The Force Awakens models the gown inspired by the character.

 

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You can’t miss Gwendoline Christie. At six-foot-three and with a curt electric-blonde bob and plump red lips, she stands out.

 

And that goes double when she’s wearing the gown designed by Giles Deacon, printed with images of Christie’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens character, Captain Phasma. Deacon designed the gown as part of a collaboration with Bloomingdale’s and Force 4 Fashion; Deacon’s gown, along with work from Diane von Furstenberg, Opening Ceremony, and more fashion-world luminaries, will be auctioned for charity after being displayed at the Bloomingdale’s flagship store in New York City, beginning December 2.

 

But first . . . the woman who inspired the gown gets to wear it, for this exclusive photo shoot with John Akehurst for Vanity Fair. “I loved that the design of Captain Phasma’s costume had been so inventively worked into the dress design,” Christie says about the gown, which is printed with elements of Captain Phasma’s hard chrome suit but is also long, flowing, and super-feminine. “[I] adored that so much drama could be created with just one move—much like Captain Phasma!”

 

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Gwendoline Christie says her villainous Star Wars role represents ‘more than just her flesh’

Gwendoline Christie says her villainous Star Wars role represents ‘more than just her flesh’ as she admits she pleaded for a role in franchise

 

She’ll take on the role of Captain Phasma in the hotly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

 

And Gwendoline Christie has marked the occasion by posing in an exclusive photo shoot for this month’s collectors issue of Empire magazine.

 

Already a huge fan of the films, Christie told the publication: ‘As soon as I heard that they were making Star Wars again, I was like a dog with a bone. Every part I was offered I’d say, “That sounds great, but I want to be in Star Wars! Please, please, I want to be in Star Wars.”‘

 

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Gwendoline Christie has posed in an exclusive photo shoot for this month’s collectors issue of Empire magazine ahead of her stint in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

She added: “It’s a great honour for me to play a part like Captain Phasma because I think it is changing things.

 

‘It’s exciting for me being the first (major) villain in Star Wars, but also a villain where we’re all excited about who she is and what she’s going to do, rather than just her flesh.’

 

At 6”3 Christie – who is best known for her role as Game of Thrones’ Brienne of Tarth – cuts an impressive figure as the First Order’s head stormtrooper. In full costume, adorned with mirrored plates, a red-trimmed caper and a nickel-plated blaster she is a sight to behold.

 

Commenting on her character’s wardrobe, she said: ‘The day I met (costume designer) Michael Kaplan for the first time, he laid out that incredible costume. I slipped in to a body suit and then had armour applied to me.

 

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Love Magazine – A Pair Of Teeth (Aperitif): Gwendoline Christie

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We’ve long been fans of the harbinger of style and red carpet every-time winner Gwendoline Christie, and on Monday at The British Fashion awards the public voted the actress their Style icon/Red Carpet Ambassador. Known for donning suits of armour in Game of Thrones and soon to be brandishing a lightsaber at a cinema near you for her Star Wars debut; Gwen’s style is certainly a force to be reckoned with.

 

A Pair of Teeth has a chat with Gwen on her win:

 

Did you have a speech prepared? If so did it go to plan?

I did have a speech prepared but I entirely abandoned it and decided to simply speak from my heart! I had prepared a list of names of all the people that have supported me over the years, but I was so overwhelmed by the situation that I’m not sure what came out of my mouth. Luckily no one seems to have complained.

 

Describe your losing style, if that had been the case…

I would have stared at the floor.

 

If your feet were superglued into one pair of shoes for eternity, which pair would they be?

This is tough. I think it would have to be a pair of Marie Antoinette-style very frou frou slippers in an exquisite silk, with all sorts of delectable bows, rosettes, frills and ribbons. It would be a mule, so I would have to keep my heels well moisturised.
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Empire’s exclusive Star Wars: The Force Awakens covers revealed!

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Game Of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie swaps Westeros for the First Order as Captain Phasma.

 

We think you’ll agree, these are the sort of covers that deserve to be framed. However, we recommend you at least read the actual issue, before dashing off to the framers: issue 319 is stuffed to the absolute brim with Force Awakens coverage, featuring interviews with practically everyone involved in the film. Read revealing insights from JJ Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, even Mark Hamill – a man conspicuous by his absence in LucasFilm’s marketing so far.

 

Empire’s Force Awakens issue: an essential purchase. Available from November 26, at all good newsagents. The circle, as somebody once put it, is now complete.

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Actress Gwendoline Christie And Model Jourdan Dunn Were Honoured For Their Style Sense At The 2015 British Fashion Awards On Monday Night

 

The Game of Thrones regular was named the Red Carpet Ambassador while Dunn was presented with the Model of the Year prize by Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing.

 

Singer FKA Twigs was handed the Fashion Innovator award, and credited her family for inspiring her to be different.

 

“I would like to dedicate this award to my mum because she used to make clothes that she wore and I wore,” actor Robert Pattinson’s girlfriend told the audience during her acceptance speech. “I used to want just a tenth of what she had – people used to look at her in the street because she looked so great. My nanna inspired us to be brave and creative and beautiful on the inside as well as the outside.”

 

Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld was also feted with the Outstanding Achievement award for his years of contributions to the fashion industry. The prize was presented to him by last year’s (14) recipient, Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

 

Among the other attendees at the star-studded event, which was held at the London Coliseum, were Victoria and David Beckham, Rita Ora, Lady Gaga, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Orlando Bloom, Kate Beckinsale, and singer Lily Allen.

 

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Collecting the award for Red Carpet Style Ambassador, Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie cemented herself as a true British fashion plate.

 

Standing a 6ft 3”, statuesque Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth in the cult series, has found herself something of a niche in the fashion market. Earlier this year she became the face of Vivienne Westwood’s first ‘gender-neutral’ campaign, saying she had fulfilled a “childhood dream” in working with the designer and photographer Juergen Teller.

 

“It is so relevant for Vivienne Westwood to reassert their activist mind-set and create a collection that takes us beyond our current gender stereotypes with beauty and intelligence,” she said.

 

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Captain Phasma: exclusive new image from Empire

The Force Awakens may take place 30 years after the Battle of Endor, but things don’t seem all that different when it comes to good and evil. The Rebel Alliance and Empire have been replaced by the Resistance and First Order and the galaxy is still full of nefarious big bads. Cue Gwendoline Christie’s ‘Chrometrooper’, Captain Phasma, who definitely doesn’t appear to suffer fools gladly, as evidenced by this new image.

 

 

We don’t know where Phasma sits on the evil scale between Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux and Andy Serkis’ Supreme Leader Snoke or how much screen time she will have, but in terms of scoring cool points, Phasma is head and shiny shoulders above the competition.

 

For an in-depth interview with Christie and more Star Wars snippets, be sure to pick up our Force Awakens special which hits shelves on November 26. The Force Awakens flies into UK cinemas on December 17 and US screens the next day.

 

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