The Style Dossier : Tilda Swinton

Whether she is ambushing visitors at the Museum of Modern Art to sleep gracefully in a glass box or rubbing shoulders with epicene high-fashion models in a David Bowie music video, Tilda Swinton is an artist extraordinaire who is not just limited to being just a film actress.

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“Stranger Than Paradise”
W Magazine
Photographer: Tim Walker
Editorial Subject: Tilda Swinton
Styling: Jacob K.
Hairstyling: Julien D’Ys
Makeup: Stephan Marais
Art Direction + Conceptualization: Jerry Stafford

A self-declared “artist’s model”, the statuesque Scottish thespian has been considered as an iconic fashion muse to many designers (from Alber Elbaz to Haider Ackermann) and has collaborated with various personalities in the field of arts and entertainment. Swinton’s eccentric personal style and otherworldly androgynous features have made her a distinctly influential personality for many people who march to the beat of their own fashion drum. But despite the gushing praise her fans and admirers have thrown her way, Swinton has always viewed her own beauty as a particular anomaly growing up, especially when compared to one of her enduring personal style icons. She recalls in an interview with W Magazine:

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Dress by Francesco Scognamiglio

Being beautiful was never really something I associated with people I knew—certainly not girls. Boys, maybe. Horses, yes. And certainly my great-grandmother Elsie Swinton, whose imperial grandeur was like a watermark. I saw her looking out of the corner of her eye, straight at me, during my teenage years—a knowing, engaging, and infinitely amused attitude. She was dark and luscious, unlike the rest of us, who are sandy and pale. Not looking like her felt, somehow, like being born on the wrong side of the beauty tracks.

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Blouse, skirt, and pants by Giorgio Armani
Dress by Haider Ackermann
Top by Ann Demeulemeester
Gloves by Cornelia James
Gaiters and socks by Prada

Decades later, Swinton has emerged to become an unstoppable force in the entertainment business. Picking up a coveted Academy Award for her role as an unscrupulous corporate lawyer in “Michael Clayton”, she has run gamut of films that teeter between blockbuster mainstream fare (the White Witch of “The Chronicles of Narnia” series) to beautifully crafted indie films (an haute bourgeoisie matriarch in “I Am Love”). Elsewhere, she revels in doing artistically-oriented projects such as walking the runway for Viktor & Rolf or recording her articulate vocals for indie artist Patrick Wolf’s album.

Dress and jacket by Rick Owens

Dress and jacket by Rick Owens

Once again, Swinton gets to play the role of fashion model by paying homage to famous Surrealist artists like Salvador Dalí, Giorgio de Chirico, Remedios Varo, and Leonora Carrington. Working with noted fashion photographer, Tim Walker, Swinton employs her chameleonic abilities to produce a fashion editorial story in the May 2013 issue of W Magazine. Showcasing a series of haunting and striking phantasmagorias featuring garments from brands and designers that the actress personally loves, Swinton may very well be not of this world—an intergalactic alien being from Planet Fashion.

Dress and shoes by Louis Vuitton Gloves by Cornelia James Tights by Emilio Cavallini

Dress and shoes by Louis Vuitton
Gloves by Cornelia James
Tights by Emilio Cavallini

Consistently challenging the conventional notions of beauty, Swinton can give any established editorial model a run for her money. And for someone who is 52 years old, Swinton’s ageless looks and refusal to undergo any anti-aging procedures give many women her age a good name and putting youth-obsessed females to absolute shame.

Shirt and trousers by Haider Ackermann

Shirt and trousers by Haider Ackermann

Elsewhere, expect Tilda Swinton to ignite your movie screens this year with several movies under her belt. She will star in the upcoming science-fiction thriller ensemble piece called “Snowpiercer” co-starring Chris Evans and Octavia Spencer, among others; she will also star alongside Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska in director Jim Jarmusch‘s arthouse vampire drama, “Only Lovers Left Alive“; finally, Swinton will join forces with Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz in another sci-fi flick entitled, “The Zero Theorem“.

Dress by Mary Katrantzou Gloves by Cornelia James

Dress by Mary Katrantzou
Gloves by Cornelia James

In the meantime, see the rest of the stunning photographs from Swinton’s surreal high-fashion editorial for W Magazine below and be blown away by this flawless androgyne goddess.

Dress by Ann Demeulemeester Gloves by Cornelia James

Dress by Ann Demeulemeester
Gloves by Cornelia James

Jackets by Balmain and MaxMara Gloves by Olivier Saillard (Swinton’s own)

Jackets by Balmain and MaxMara
Gloves by Olivier Saillard (Swinton’s own)

Dress by Rochas Underskirt by National Theatre Costume Hire Gloves by Cornelia James Pumps by Céline

Dress by Rochas
Underskirt by National Theatre Costume Hire
Gloves by Cornelia James
Pumps by Céline

Gown by Acne Studios

Gown by Acne Studios

Cape by Angels the Costumiers Gown by Gucci Mask by Vicki Beamon Gloves by Cornelia James

Cape by Angels the Costumiers
Gown by Gucci
Mask by Vicki Beamon
Gloves by Cornelia James

Dress and gloves by Maison Martin Margiela

Dress and gloves by Maison Martin Margiela

Dress by Vera Wang Collection Lips and fingertips accessories by Vicki Beamon Gloves by Cornelia James

Dress by Vera Wang Collection
Lips and fingertips accessories by Vicki Beamon
Gloves by Cornelia James

Top, skirt, and shoes by Azzedine Alaïa Bodysuit by Emilio Cavallini Beekeeper hat by Alexander McQueen

Top, skirt, and shoes by Azzedine Alaïa
Bodysuit by Emilio Cavallini
Beekeeper hat by Alexander McQueen

Dress by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy Gloves by Cornelia James

Dress by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy
Gloves by Cornelia James

 

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