All eyes had been on Thandie Newton and her customized Vivienne Westwood robe whereas she walked the Cannes red carpet on the Solo: A Star Wars Story premiere on Might 15. At first look, the costume seems merely to be a chic off-the-shoulder gold robe, however look nearer and you will discover motion determine illustrations of the black male Star Wars characters, a big assertion for each the actress and the franchise.
Thandie’s stylist, Erin Walsh, posted a sketch of the breathtaking costume on Instagram and revealed the inspiration behind it. “Thandie had the good thought to make a costume lined in a print with pictures of iconic black Star Wars characters!” Erin wrote within the caption. “She needed to have a good time her position within the iconic historical past of the franchise!”
Thandie is the primary black girl to have a number one position on display screen in a Star Wars film, which is certainly an element value celebrating! Her robe is a nod to the black characters who got here earlier than hers — like Finn, Noticed Gerrera, Mace Windu, Captain Panaka, and Lando Calrissian — and symbolizes a hopeful future for additional variety within the franchise together with her character Val.