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.
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.