British actress Gwendoline Christie, who stands 6ft 3in, said it was difficult for her to break into the entertainment industry because of her height. She then played the mighty Tarth warrior Brienne in Game of Thrones
and, as they say, the rest is history. Since the blockbuster adaptation of George RR Martin’s sprawling fantasy premiered on , Christie has become not only a sought-after actor, but also a model and muse. The star has walked the runway for everyone from Vivenne Westwood to Miu Miu, designed exclusive pieces for Rick Owens and Iris van Herpen on the red carpet, and provided key inspiration to her co-designer Giles Deacon. In Vogue‘s new ‘Life in Looks’ video, Christie documents her extraordinary rise as a style figure.
Christy embarks on a trip down memory lane with the iconic Brienne. The gruff role required Christie to undergo extensive strength training and fully express her physique. “I had to take my hair off. I had to admit my height, my strength, my size, my androgyny, and my weaknesses,” Christie said. “But I also had to actually go to the gym!”
The rising star hit the red carpet in no time. In 2015 she wears a deconstructed Oscar de la Renta gown by Peter Copping on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens
red carpet . Since then, Christie has quickly established itself as a paragon of energy at the shows and events of the industry’s top designers. Christie recalls attending a Miu Miu fitting until midnight. She is practicing walking with Miuccia Prada, the brand’s creative director. After several attempts, Christie succeeded. “She told me, ‘Now that’s a walk.'”
Most recently, Christy starred in Netflix’s hit show Wednesday with Jenna Ortega. In the Tim Burton-directed series, Christie plays Larissa Weems, the headmistress of a school for homeless (and monsters) Wednesdays attend. She said her and Burton’s approach to the character’s wardrobe subverted the typical Hitchhawk heroine because, as Christie said, she didn’t want to play such a character. “We keep her shoulders strong and these strong collars, so the face is always showing.”