Thandie Newton‘s never been one to shy away from an adventurous red carpet gown — who could forget her horse-printed nod to “Westworld” at the 2017 SAG Awards? — but her latest fashion choice is as culturally significant as it is stylish.
At the Cannes Film Festival’s premiere of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” on Tuesday, Newton, 45, showed up in a custom Vivienne Westwood Couture dress printed with action-figure versions of all of the franchise’s black characters. Overlaid atop a delicate floral motif are John Boyega’s Finn, Forrest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera, Hugh Quarshie’s Captain Panaka, Samuel L. Jackson’s Mace Windu, and Billy Dee Williams’s Lando Calrissian.
Newton helped design the print, and each of the action figures — photographed by Christian Hogstedt — came from her own personal collection.
Newton is the first black woman to land a leading role in a “Star Wars” film.