To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories.
Katherine Waterston is no stranger to a red carpet. Still, attending her latest premiere at Venice Film Festival on Sunday night—the first major industry event in over six months—was an experience that would leave even the most seasoned filmgoer feeling a little philosophical. “After months of lockdown, to get to go Venice was such a privilege and a joy,” Waterston tells Vogue. “In an attempt to remember it all for as long as I can, I’m going to take advice from the great Italo Calvino and keep it to myself: Memory's images, once they are fixed in words, are erased. Perhaps I am afraid of losing Venice all at once if I speak of it.”
The British-American actor, whose breakout role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice was followed by star turns in both the Harry Potter and Alien franchises, is returning to her indie roots with her latest feature, The World To Come. Directed by the Norwegian filmmaker Mona Fastvold, it tells the story of two couples living on the American frontier in the 1850s, weaving a visceral portrait of love and heartbreak between Waterston and her co-star, Vanessa Kirby. “To have our film met with a response we would not have dared to dream for was gobsmacking and extraordinary,” says Waterston of the project, which has already garnered rave reviews and seen her performance tipped for awards nods following its Venice premiere.
For the big night, she wore a sleek design by Prada, balancing elegance and edge in a way that Waterston (working in tandem with her stylist Danielle Goldberg) has already firmly made her red carpet calling card. “To be at a festival that, this year, has achieved what no festival has before—almost an equal percentage of films by women and men—and representing a film that tells the story of a woman whose self-education is her only escape from the limitations and isolation of her circumstances, it felt incredible and incredibly fitting to wear looks from the recent collections of what is often referred to as ‘the thinking woman’s brand,” Waterston adds.
Here, join Waterston as she prepares for the Venice Film Festival—as shot by the legendary photographer Brigitte Lacombe.
Hair: Paolo Ferreira
Makeup: Alexis Day
Styling: Danielle Goldberg