You may know Maisie Williams from game of thrones, but for her latest TV project, the actress ditched Arya Stark’s warrior capes in favor of a punk-rock wardrobe. Williams stars in FX’s six-episode limited series Gun, premiering today, which explores the rise and fall of the Sex Pistols, the English band that sparked a counterculture movement in 1970s London. (The show, directed by Danny Boyle, is based on the memoir “Lonely Boy” by real-life Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones.) “I was aware of the Sex Pistols and the impact of the punk movement at the time, but I don’t realize how much more fashion and music and art sparked the movement,” Williams says. “It was just a real scene in London, and it was like a little group of people who created this revolution.”
The actor plays Jordan, born Pamela Rooke, a true pioneer of 1970s punk who often styled the Sex Pistols for performances and served as a muse for designer Vivienne Westwood, another key figure of the decade. Williams was immediately drawn to Jordan’s powerful sense of style. “What I love so much about Jordan is how she used the clothes as a political statement,” Williams says. Rooke chided the grooviest clothes of the decade in favor of pieces with an edge. Think leather jackets and ripped t-shirts, always paired with kohl-rimmed eyes and giddy frozen hair. Williams resonated with the audacity of the hat. “Throughout my life, I’ve felt that my appearance was different from the way I am,” Williams says. “People think I’m smaller personality-wise because of my exterior, but with Jordan, she had such a grand exterior, and with such nuance behind it.”
One of the best parts of Williams’ new role was, naturally, slipping into the character’s heavy latex clothing. “It took a lot of hands to get the wardrobe right,” Williams says of her character’s look. “It was really exciting for me – every day was like a disguise, locking myself into these rubber outfits and materials that I had never worn before. I felt like I was becoming someone new. Some of her favorite looks on the show included an all-yellow PVC look — complete with “rubber knickers and latex stockings” — as well as a skirt and top that reminded her of a memorable story Jordan told her once. times.”Jordan told this amazing story of a summer in London, where they had the most outrageous heat wave,” Williams says. “She was wearing this rubber top and skirt, and it was so hot that the skirt just disintegrated and melted onto his body.” (Jordan served as a consultant on the show before his death in April.)
To set the stage for her new show, Williams channeled Jordan’s punk-rock style on the red carpet and for her various pre-premiere appearances, albeit in a much more polished and glamorous way. Working with stylists Kate Foley and Alexandra Cronan of Studio &, Williams wanted to channel her on-screen persona with intentional clothing that showed skin. “I was inspired by the way Jordan blends form and structure with the flesh and his own body,” says Williams. “Growing up in this industry, I felt like I was sexualized from a young age, and because of that, it made me want to hide my body. But with Jordan, she sets the male gaze on himself; She is so confrontational in the way she reveals her body, that it makes others uncomfortable, rather than herself.