When Daisy Ridley stepped onto the red carpet this evening for the world premiere of Murder on the Orient Express, she did so in style. Arriving at Royal Albert Hall in a custom gown from Vivienne Westwood, Ridley joined castmates Penelope Cruz, Michelle Pfieffer, Judi Dench, Leslie Odom, Jr., and Johnny Depp as part of the star-studded celebration for the latest adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic. Standing out amid a crowd of some of the world’s most stylish people takes skill. Ridley and her stylist enlisted Westwood designer Andreas Kronthaler to create something magical just for the occasion. With its vibrant color and subtle hint of transparency, the Westwood creation fit the bill perfectly.
If the precise shade seems to complement Ridley’s complexion, it’s no accident. “The gown is inspired by the mysterious and unique color of Daisy’s eyes,” shared Kronthaler via email. Keeping the idea of etherealness in mind, he took the dress from sketch to reality in 65 hours with a team of three people. Though it appears jade at first glance, several different hues were utilized to create the desired effect of iridescence with a nod to vintage opulence. “The meticulous layering of 40 meters of emerald green, violet, and soft ballet pink fine tulle and organza was [done] to create a delicate and mysterious gown paying homage to the glamour of Murder on the Orient Express.”
A sleek updo and coordinating chandelier earrings finished off the full look. As she continues her evolution from newcomer to Vogue cover star and red carpet force, Ridley’s wardrobe will likely continue to excite even seasoned tastemakers. “Daisy looked so lovely in her emerald green gown,” said Kronthaler. “We are very happy to have created this especially for her.”