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Thandie Newton Wore Star Wars Couture With a Message in Cannes

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On Tuesday, Thandie Newton arrived on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet for the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story, wearing a dress that will go down in galactic history. It’s custom Vivienne Westwood Couture made of the house’s “Absence of Rose” print overlaid with black Star Wars characters, from Finn to Lando to Saw Gerrera.

It’s not the first time Star Wars and couture have intersected (See: Rodarte fall 2014), but this dress is loaded with more meaning. Newton helped design the print, which is actually photographs of the action figures taken by photographer Christian Hogstedt.

There aren’t that many black characters to fill up the gown, which could also be part of the point. But still, Newton’s colleagues have been filtered through several forms: the actors to characters to action figures to photos to silk print to wearable gown. It’s a festival of representation. The final result is worn by Newton herself, a black woman cast in a major role in the latest installment of the franchise, on a red carpet that requires its female attendees to wear high heels. It’s a stunning move, and a stunning dress, too.

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The Begum (Yvonne Labrousse) at Cannes, 1952

The Begum (Yvonne Labrousse) at Cannes, 1952

Photo: RDA/RETIRED

Princess Grace of Monaco with the Mayor of Cannes, 1955

Princess Grace of Monaco with the Mayor of Cannes, 1955

Photo: Fox Photos

Grace Kelly at Cannes, 1955

Grace Kelly at Cannes, 1955

Photo: Keystone-France

Brigitte Bardot at Cannes, 1956

Brigitte Bardot at Cannes, 1956

Photo: Haywood Magee

Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman at Cannes, 2017

Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman at Cannes, 2017

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain

Pedro Almodovar at Cannes, 2017

Pedro Almodovar at Cannes, 2017

Photo: ALBERTO PIZZOLI

David Lynch at Cannes, 2017

David Lynch at Cannes, 2017

Photo: Matthias Nareyek

The Begum (Yvonne Labrousse) at Cannes, 1952

The Begum (Yvonne Labrousse) at Cannes, 1952

RDA/RETIRED

Princess Grace of Monaco with the Mayor of Cannes, 1955

Princess Grace of Monaco with the Mayor of Cannes, 1955

Fox Photos

Grace Kelly at Cannes, 1955

Grace Kelly at Cannes, 1955

Keystone-France

Brigitte Bardot at Cannes, 1956

Brigitte Bardot at Cannes, 1956

Haywood Magee

Mike Todd and Elizabeth Taylor at Cannes, 1957

Mike Todd and Elizabeth Taylor at Cannes, 1957

FPG

Sophia Loren at Cannes, 1961

Sophia Loren at Cannes, 1961

Gilbert TOURTE

Catherine Deneuve at Cannes, 1964

Catherine Deneuve at Cannes, 1964

REPORTERS ASSOCIES

Ursula Andress at Cannes, 1965

Ursula Andress at Cannes, 1965

REPORTERS ASSOCIES

Michael Caine at Cannes, 1966

Michael Caine at Cannes, 1966

RDA/RETIRED

Catherine Deneuve at Cannes, 1966

Catherine Deneuve at Cannes, 1966

Keystone

Brigitte Bardot and Gunter Sachs at Cannes, 1967

Brigitte Bardot and Gunter Sachs at Cannes, 1967

RDA/RETIRED

Alfred Hitchcock at Cannes, 1972

Alfred Hitchcock at Cannes, 1972

RDA/RETIRED

Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg at Cannes, 1974

Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg at Cannes, 1974

Michel GINFRAY

Jodie Foster and Robert de Niro at Cannes, 1976

Jodie Foster and Robert de Niro at Cannes, 1976

Michael Ochs Archives

Charlotte Rampling and Tennessee Williams at Cannes, 1976

Charlotte Rampling and Tennessee Williams at Cannes, 1976

Gilbert TOURTE

Arnold Schwarzenegger at Cannes, 1977

Arnold Schwarzenegger at Cannes, 1977

AFP

Francis Ford Coppola and family at Cannes, 1979

Francis Ford Coppola and family at Cannes, 1979

RDA/RETIRED

Prince Charles and Princess Diana at Cannes, 1987

Prince Charles and Princess Diana at Cannes, 1987

Tim Graham

Wim Wenders at Cannes, 1989

Wim Wenders at Cannes, 1989

RDA/RETIRED

Madonna at Cannes, 1991

Madonna at Cannes, 1991

Dave Hogan

Kyle MacLachlan and Linda Evangelista at Cannes, 1995

Kyle MacLachlan and Linda Evangelista at Cannes, 1995

Richard Blanshard

Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos at Cannes, 2013

Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos at Cannes, 2013

Venturelli

Cate Blanchett at Cannes, 2015

Cate Blanchett at Cannes, 2015

Kristina Nikishina

Julianne Moore, Susan Sarandon and Naomi Watts at Cannes, 2016

Julianne Moore, Susan Sarandon and Naomi Watts at Cannes, 2016

ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT

Julia Roberts and George Clooney at Cannes, 2016

Julia Roberts and George Clooney at Cannes, 2016

Gisela Schober

Russell Crowe at Cannes, 2016

Russell Crowe at Cannes, 2016

Ian Gavan

Uma Thurman at Cannes, 2017

Uma Thurman at Cannes, 2017

Vittorio Zunino Celotto

Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman at Cannes, 2017

Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman at Cannes, 2017

Pascal Le Segretain

Pedro Almodovar at Cannes, 2017

Pedro Almodovar at Cannes, 2017

ALBERTO PIZZOLI

David Lynch at Cannes, 2017

David Lynch at Cannes, 2017

Matthias Nareyek



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