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Thandie Newton honors Black Star Wars characters with ‘Solo’ premiere dress
Newton’s dress—a custom Vivienne Westwood piece—is embellished with figures of all the Black characters in the Star Wars universe, io9 reported. Even better: All the images are of action figures in Newton’s personal collection.
The dress includes images of Finn, Mace Windu, Captain Panaka, and Saw Gerrera action figures. There’s even a Lando Calrissian from the original trilogy. Here’s a look at the dress from a few different angles (and it’s worth zooming in).
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Per the Red Carpet Fashion Awards, the custom Westwood gown uses the designer’s “Absence of Roses” print overlayed with images of Newton’s personal Star Wars figurines taken by Christian Hogstedt.
The gown marks Newton’s debut as Val in Solo: A Star Wars Story and as the first Black woman to have a leading role in a Star Wars film. It’s notable that there are few enough Black Star Wars characters that they fit on a dress, a statement Newton undoubtedly intended—and nailed in style.
Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.