Gwendoline Christie may be harsh and armor-clad as Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones, but on the red carpet, her style is unmatched. The actress turned heads at the show’s Season 8 premiere in New York City wearing a dazzling silk gown by Iris van Herpen featuring a dreamy pattern of gold and purple clouds.
The floor-length number featured long, breezy sleeves, and Christie did not hesitate from flaunting them in her poses.
The dress is from the designer’s Spring 2019 couture collection, titled “Shift Souls,” which debuted in Paris this January. The flowy number was just as spectacular on the runway as it was on the red carpet.
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Christie completed the ensemble with a wavy lob and gold pointed-toe mules. When she wasn’t twirling around in the dress, she was still working the look on the carpet.
She also shared a sweet moment with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, AKA Jaime Lannister on GoT. The exchange was sure to send fans into a meltdown, given a reunion between their characters on the show is long overdue.
Christie is a longtime fan of fashion. She told the Evening Standard, “It was a combination of wanting to escape the unpleasant narrative that was being applied to me at school, where I was bullied terribly, and loving the transportative nature of the arts. It was about not wanting to live a prescriptive life.”
She also used to “have long hair and wear make-up and feminine clothes” before altering her look for the role of Brienne, she explained to Radio Times.
Although her armor on Game of Thrones isn’t exactly in line with her real-life wardrobe, Christie was still emotional taking it off for the last time after shooting her last scene. She wept for two hours, according to Evening Standard.
The script for the final season also moved her. “It was a real emotional roller coaster because things happened that deeply startled me, upset me. I went bright red in the face, I had to put [the scripts] down,” the actress told Good Morning America. “It was a really extraordinary experience and I realized they pulled out all the stops for this one.”
Game of Thrones returns for its eighth and final season on April 14 on HBO.