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Anya Taylor Joy to Star in The Queen’s Gambit Series at Netflix

“The Queen’s Gambit,” starring Anya Taylor-Joy, is Netflix’s latest hit original series and surged to the top of its popularity rankings.  Netflix has put out an order for a new limited series, “The Queen’s Gambit,” starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Based on Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel of the same name, the six-episode show will be set during the Cold War era and will follow orphan chess prodigy Beth Harmon (Taylor-Joy) from the age of eight to twenty-two, as she struggles with addiction in a quest to become the greatest chess player in the world.“I remember these boots I had when I was about 11, that were very specific and different, quite chunky. I had to put them on outside the house so my mother wouldn’t question me on the choice”, delights Gabriele Binder, the Costume Designer of Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit.That confidence in striking individuality, first birthed as a pre-teen, is evident in the costumes of the period piece, the chess drama of a young woman taking on the male-dominated international world of chess. If you have an interest in fashion, this is simply required viewing.Speaking from her home in Berlin, Germany,

Gabriele Binder mapped the arc of the character, Beth, a young woman chess prodigy portrayed by Anya Taylor-Joy, whose journey takes her across the world, overcoming stereotypes and, along the way, wearing the most amazing statement clothing – to such an extent that other characters comment on her ever-evolving wardrobe.I wondered if that added pressure for the women who got her start working first in front of the camera, and then as a stylist with photographers in the field of fashion. “Not at all”, said Binder. “The starting point is always the script. We incorporated the lines of the chess board throughout her wardrobe, and of course you see the parallels in the structure of the clothing, and the trim and contrast of the piping. I’ve always liked piping; it adds emphasis without overpowering.”Looking to designers like Pierre Cardin, style icons like Françoise Hardy, and the distinctive silhouettes of Andy Warhol’s ‘60s ‘The Factory’ – especially Edie Sedgwick, Binder has incorporated current trends in a stylized manner. All costumes, barring the final coat, were created from Gabriele Binder’s vision in her workshop for The Queen’s Gambit. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2020


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