brienne of tarth for vivienne westwood

Westwood's latest campaign does away with gender, but keeps the sex: "It’s all so sexual because we’re looking at people with new eyes."

by Isabelle Hellyer and i-D Staff
21 July 2015, 2:10pm

Vivienne Westwood's latest campaign star is none other than Gwendoline Christie, who you'll likely recognise as Westeros' most badass knight, Brienne of Tarth. Gwendoline appears alongside male model and climate activist Leebo Freeman.

The campaign makes it clear that Westwood isn't concerned with heritage ideas of "men's" and "women's" clothing: Leebo wears skirts and a dress, and Gwendoline wears a suit. In a statement on the campaign, Dame Viv says, "Trousers for women, yes! Dresses for men, the same dresses that women wear? Do that! ... 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."

Gwendoline, who also walked in Vivienne Westwood's autumn/winter 15 show, says, "I have admired Vivienne ever since I can remember for her revolutionary mind and exquisitely rebellious design". The actor adds, "I love the UNISEX theme of this collection. It is so relevant for Vivienne Westwood to reassert their activist mindset and create a collection that takes us beyond our current gender stereotypes with beauty and intelligence".


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