Game of Thrones' Brienne stars in Vivienne Westwood's gender neutral campaign
‘Gender-neutral’ seems to be a recurring theme in fashion at the moment and Vivienne Westwood thinks she’s found the perfect poster girl for the movement – Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie.
Best known for her role as Brienne of Tarth in the cult series, the statuesque beauty (she stands at a lofty 6ft 3”) is the star of the 74-year-old designer’s autumn/winter 2015 ‘Unisex’ campaign, which highlights a collection that aims to blur the line between mens- and womenswear.
“Trousers for women, yes! Dresses for men, the same dresses that women wear? Do that! It takes a lot of trial and error,” explains Westwood. “ Dresses without a woman’s waist! But then you, the woman, look like a king or queen (from history or a parallel universe) - you the man look like a king or a queen!
We love the change in proportion: the big shoulders give a small head- it’s so sexual because it’s new, it makes you look at the person from outside, it’s all so sexual because we’re looking at people with new eyes.”
She chose Christie, who is currently in a relationship with fashion designer Giles Deacon, after meeting her at one of her catwalk shows.
“In this collection the same suit can be worn by a man and a woman, then I realized Gwendoline would be perfect and would fit the clothes so I asked her to do it,” she says. “She is such an attractive woman- when I asked her to be in the show, as well as the campaign, we got to know each other, she is a really interesting woman.”
The actress, meanwhile, says she has fulfilled a “childhood dream” in working with Westwood and photographer Juergen Teller, who shot the campaign, adding: “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.”