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Tilda Swinton


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Tilda Swinton is an Academy Award-winning actor who has captivated the fashion industry with both her striking looks and her bold sartorial statements.

Swinton told W that her dance with fashion began after the increase in her profile, following the release of The Beach, which also starred Leonardo DiCaprio. Uncomfortable with the thought of being dressed by strangers Swinton turned to her friend Jerry Stafford, whom she described as her “playmate, it is a game and we have fun with it.”

It was Stafford who introduced the actress to Viktor & Rolf, for whom she became a muse. They were not alone. W reports that Swinton became a muse to Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz , Haider Ackermann , Yves Saint Laurent ’s Stefano Pilati , Céline’s Phoebe Philo , and Raf Simons , who designed her wardrobe for the 2010 film I Am Love. Her friendships with the designers are imperative in Swinton’s eyes, “For someone to know what you need to make you comfortable, they need to know who you are. Having them make clothes for me is like being cooked for by someone who knows what you like to eat.”

Swinton is not just a fashion plate, rather she is a performance artist aware of the power of costume and deft at judging mood and leaving impressions. She is very much involved in the creative process, telling W “We [her and Stafford] very much enjoy going: What are the elements of this event? What’s the place? Who’s the company? What is the moment? And then, of course, what do we want to wear?”


Cambridge University

Cambridge University

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5 November 1960

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

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