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Brit Marling Gets Ready for the Critics Choice Awards in Prada

“The moment I tried it on with Megan [Bowman Gray, her stylist], I was like, ‘oh, this is the one. We don’t even need to try on anything else,’” said Brit Marling of the Prada gown she wore to the Critics Choice Awards on Sunday. “It felt like an origami structure in the middle of unfolding in this vibrant yellow color that’s just a bit off or strange or different, in a wonderful way.”

The strapless double satin dress featured a geometric flounce detail and double train. “All the women who work at Prada and Miu Miu are amazing women. It’s like being in the presence of a true matriarchy when you’re in that group,” said Marling.

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Marling created, stars in, cowrote and codirected the sci-fi series “A Murder at the End of the World,” which was nominated for best limited series on Sunday.

“Something like the Critics Choice Awards, you get a little bit more permission to really dress up and dazzle and do something different. And so it’s nice to have that leeway to do something that’s a little more dramatic,” said Marling.

Makeup by stylist Fiona Stiles, with assistance from Kendall Bennewitz.
Makeup by stylist Fiona Stiles, with assistance from Kendall Bennewitz.
Brit Marling in Prada for the Critics Choice Awards, styled by Megan Bowman Gray.
Brit Marling in Prada for the Critics Choice Awards, styled by Megan Bowman Gray.

The look was completed with a yellow patent leather clutch and black patent shoes by Prada, and jewelry by David Yurman and Anita Ko. “The final touches kind of decide whether you’re wearing the dress or the dress is wearing you, you know?” said Marling.

Marling has worked with Gray since meeting her as the costume designer on the film set for “I Origins” in 2013. The pair have worked together since.

“It’s really exciting to work with [Gray] as a stylist and a costume designer, because she’s interested in the past, present, and future of fashion, rather than just being interested in the present,” said Marling, who also tapped Gray to design the costumes for “A Murder at the End of the World.” “I was so taken with her sense of style and tone, but also how good she was at coming up with things that were right and specific for each character,” added Marling.

For Marling, the highlight of Sunday’s ceremony was getting to see her peers. “And connect with each other and congratulate each other, because this work is really hard and it takes a lot out of you,” she said.

“It was a particularly fraught time to try to make a film or make anything. So I think it’s just nice to see each other and support each other’s work — and to also pat each other on the back for having gotten through.”

En route to the awards ceremony.
Hair style by Laini Reeves.
En route to the awards ceremony.
En route to the awards ceremony.

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