‘Westworld’ Costume Designer Shares Her Favorite Wardrobe Moment, Teases Season 2 Style

Thandie Newton shimmered in sequins and pink heels on Saturday at Paleyfest in Los Angeles.

The “Westworld” actress rocked an ornately designed dress from Erdem’s pre-fall ’17 collection that featured a sequined skirt, which she paired with braided T-strap peep-toe heels.

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Thandie Newton wears a pre-fall 2017 Erdem dress with pink peep-toe heels at the "Westworld" panel at Paleyfest in Los Angeles.
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Detail of Thandie Newton's pink peep-toe heels at Paleyfest in Los Angeles.
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She sat alongside costar Evan Rachel Wood, who looked sleek in a black tuxedo shirt and a dark blue blazer and trousers, and studded black pumps.

The women took part in a panel with fellow cast members from HBO’s science-fiction-meets-Western drama, where they discussed confusing plot points and teased season 2.

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Evan Rachel Wood wears a black tuxedo shirt with a dark blue suit and pumps with studded detail at the "Westworld" panel at Paleyfest in Los Angeles.
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In the series, Newton portrays android brothel madam Maeve Millay and wears Old West–inspired boots while charming human customers in the Mariposa Saloon.

Ane Crabtree designed the costumes for the series (except for the pilot) and told Footwear News last month at the Costume Designers Guild Awards that the best style statements have yet to come. But fans will have to wait, as “Westworld” season 2 won’t return until 2018.

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Thandie Newton as Maeve wears Old West-inspired boots and dresses on "Westworld."
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“Some of the moments haven’t happened onscreen yet,” Crabtree said of future seasons. “I’ve designed some moments with the hope that we will use them one day.”

Crabtree said that much of the footwear is antique in season 1, but she didn’t have time to design them because of time constraints, adding that she didn’t want footwear “to be indicative of a specific time.”

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Thandie Newton portrays Maeve, an android in the dystopian future-set "Westworld."
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Some background characters had on shoes shopped from Boot Barn.

The series is set in a dystopian future, where robot characters are routinely pulled out of an Old West–style theme park into the real world for maintenance. However, in season 1, Newton’s spitfire character becomes aware of the charade and concocts a plan to rescue herself and her fellow androids.

Because of its empowering message, Maeve’s realization created one of Crabtree’s favorite wardrobe moments.

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"Westworld" costume designer Ane Crabtree said her favorite scene included Maeve wearing a black coat. "This was about women taking over and getting power," she said.
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“I did love Thandie when she was leaving and donned the black jacket of the workers,” said Crabtree, “and she said ‘This is my most powerful, besides being naked.’ I was like, ‘Right on, sister.’”

“This was about women taking over and getting power — Evan Rachel Woods and Thandie,” she added. “You think it’s one thing, but then the tables are turned.”

“Westworld” season 2 will air in 2018.

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