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Gwendoline Christie: 'Star Wars gown is full of drama'

Gwendoline Christie and her boyfriend Giles Deacon have discussed a gown dedicated to the actress' Star Wars character Captain Phasma.

Actress Gwendoline Christie loves how dramatic the Star Wars dress designed by her boyfriend is.

The Game of Thrones star has joined the sci-fi franchise as Captain Phasma in the new instalment, Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Her partner, style star Giles Deacon, has created a gown featuring printed images of Gwendoline's character, and it's a part of the Bloomingdale's and Force 4 Fashion collaboration.

“I loved that the design of Captain Phasma’s costume had been so inventively worked into the dress design,” Gwendoline gushed to Vanity Fair of the long, flowing piece. “(I) adored that so much drama could be created with just one move - much like Captain Phasma!”

With Gwendoline standing at 6ft 3in, the dress needed to be long in order to flatter her tall figure. For her photoshoot with the publication, helmed by photographer John Akehurst, the actress pulled a series of poses, such as a high kick holding Captain Phasma's prop gun.

“I did ballet and gymnastics as a child and have always enjoyed doing leaps and jumps,” she grinned. “I was going to say let’s do some lying down, but that’s not a power stance.”

“The idea was to make a beautiful, feminine standout dress rather than just to replicate the original design,” Giles said of the creation. “It has to have a ‘Giles’ signature to it."

The quirky piece joins other designs by the likes of Opening Ceremony and Diane von Furstenberg which will be auctioned off for charity. They went on display in the window of Bloomingdale's New York store on 2 December (15) for people to glimpse before they are sold.

Supporting his girlfriend's choice of role, Giles is sure her outer space alter ego will become a hit with fans. “Captain Phasma I am sure is going to become a huge, popular-culture icon,” he added.

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