The Scoop on Angelina Jolie's White World War Z Dress (Straight From the Designers!)

06/07/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

Angelina Jolie Ralph & Russo dressSplash News Online; John Rasimus/Startraks;Courtesy Ralph & Russo

Angelina Jolie made jaws drop across the globe when she hit the red carpet in a white peplum dress at the Berlin premiere of fiancé Brad Pitt’s new film World War Z. And if you’re still obsessing over the look as much as we are, we have a special treat. The designers behind the now-famous frock are sharing all the details with PEOPLE.

Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo (founders of the London-based brand Ralph & Russo) worked closely with Jolie to create the dress, for which the actress had a very specific request.

“She didn’t want to go for a full-length gown,” explains Ralph. “We wanted something very striking that wasn’t too overdressed, but wasn’t too understated. We wanted something modern, simple and elegant.”

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After a string of black ensembles, the bright white midi with gold hardware at the waist seemed like an unexpected choice for the actress, but the designers (who’ve also made headlines for their work on Beyoncé’s World Tour costumes) explain it’s still classic Jolie.

“I don’t think it was a departure. Yes, this dress is a little bit different perhaps to other things, but the overall effect it gives is what she usually achieves on the red carpet,” Russo shares. “She always looks very glamorous and feminine.”

So how did Jolie feel about the final look?

“She loved it,” says Ralph. “She loves going through the design process and giving her feedback. It was nice to see it come to life. It looks exactly like the sketch.”

The pair also acknowledge that despite the actress’s recent double mastectomy, it was business as usual.

“We worked with her long before, and everything was as normal,” Russo says. “Her personality is so lovely, and it really radiates that beauty. Together, with the dress, it makes for an amazing overall image.”

Tell us: Did you love Angie’s white dress? What red carpet looks would you like to see the actress try?

–Michelle Ward with reporting by Simon Perry

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Tajma on


Barb on

Angelina always looks elegant in her tailored clothes. However, when she is with Brad, I am not sure if she is always overdressed for the occasion because he never seems to dress accordingly. What’s the matter with him?

Phyllis on

Absolutely Beautiful!

Ellen on


Lauren on

Great dress! She really needs to eat, though. Too skinny!

wtEffer on

she is a little slimmer but that’s because MAYBE she s gone through a lot, dont you think???
im tired of you ppl criticizing her weight n figure, just give it a rest, hasn’t this wonderful woman been through enough his year?
love you Angie, you are an angel

Lisa on

Absolutely beautiful.

Allison G on

Really stunning. One of her best red-carpet looks EVER.

bertha medina on

What a woman !

Regene Best-Prescott on

I love all things Angelina Jolie!!!

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