Barnaby Roper’s otherworldly portrait of the Game of Thrones star
NOWNESS – British actor Gwendoline Christie is a model modern woman—taking on strong female roles including warrior Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s Game of Thrones, and Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She has also played the muse for fashion designers including Vivienne Westwood and Giles Deacon. In a new collaboration with technophile director Barnaby Roper, the towering beauty finds herself in a dark, digitally rendered alien landscape, entangled in unearthly garments created by Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen. Here, Roper talks about the process for creating the “dress of the future”:
“I wanted to explore the idea of a morphing virtual dress, and after meeting Iris I quickly understood that her designers are organic, their structures taken from nature. So despite the film being very heavy in post-production, the texture of the garment had to be fluid and feel like it was from nature. I wanted to show the dress of the future—to have it literally growing out of the ground.
“The texture of the garment had to be fluid and feel like it was from nature”
“All my films start with the basics: the subject, the environment and the way of shooting are all very traditional, but with each film I try to explore new ways of seeing by using a mixture of new and established values and crafts—lighting is a craft, editing is a craft, acting is a craft. Then I add layers to create my own vision.’