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Gwendoline Christie on wearing armour and couture

Published 08/08/2016

Gwendoline Christie
Gwendoline Christie

Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie is intrigued by her partner Giles Deacon’s sculptural designs.

Gwendoline Christie is fascinated by the amount of work that goes into her on-screen costumes.

The English actress is known for portraying Brienne of Tarth in hit TV series Game of Thrones and playing Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Along with her screen appearances, Gwendoline is also a model and fashion fan, with a particular interest in the way character or mood can be expressed through design.

“It’s a wonderful experience to inhabit different forms for my work,” she told Britain’s The Telegraph newspaper. “I have recently worn costumes made from armour and their structure fascinates me as much as a couture dress.”

Gwendoline, who is the partner of designer Giles Deacon, deems the fashion star as one of her favourite artists due to the personality and technical rigour he imbues in his work. The pair, who has been together for nearly four years, have collaborated on some of Gwendoline's red carpet moments, including the black ostrich-feather column gown she wore to the London premiere of Star Wars last December (15). And the 6ft 3in star finds that wearing one of Giles’ gowns really makes her feel empowered.

“(His designs) can be practical, otherworldly, sculptural and mind-bending, but you always feel celebrated as a woman when you wear them… Their confidence somehow increases yours. It’s quite a power for a designer to have,” she smiled.

The respect is mutual and Giles, who this year (16) suspended work on his ready-to-wear line in order to focus on couture, describes Gwendoline as a “fantastic” muse. He adds that he loves working with the actress, especially due to the way in which she can bring a garment to life.

“It’s a pleasure to work with your partner,” he said. “She’s a character herself, and her trail of various characters is brilliant – she’s pretty transformative, which is always an interesting thing from a designer’s point of view.”

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