THE POLYHEDRAL PERSONALITY OF TILDA SWINTON


This outstanding woman deserves to be featured on my blog! Apart from being a renowned Anglo-Scottish actress, Tilda Swinton is a performance artist and fashion muse. In 1995, with producer and friend Joanna Scanlan, Swinton developed a performance/installation live art piece in the Serpentine Gallery, London, where she was on display to the public for a week - asleep or apparently so - in a glass case, as a piece of performance art. So funny! I mean, that's art - no explanation needed. She even collaborated with fashion designers Viktor & Rolf and was the face of Chanel Pre-Fall Paris-Edinburg collection in 2013.

Anyway, what I really want to write about is one of her latest movies I recently watched, "A Bigger Splash" (2015), an English-language Italian-French erotic/thriller set on the island of Pantelleria  in Italy. Described by critics as "Absorbing, visually arresting, and powerfully acted by an immensely talented cast, A Bigger Splash offers sumptuously soapy delights for fans of psychological adult drama.", this artwork caught my attention due to the amazing outfits Swinton - who's playing the role of Marianne Lane - was wearing.

The costumes created for the film were designed by Raf Simons during his tenure at Dior, and tell a nuanced tale of subversion and transformation – as movie director Guadagnino revealed, "When people think fashion is just the surface of things, I disagree, very politely." Simons' designs are a mutation on 50's style and were captured by Italian photographer Giulio Ghirard in a storage facility in Crema, a city just outside of Milan.

"I portrayed the objects in a very different place from the island of Pantelleria," Ghirardi explained, "so that they would be released from any reference to the atmosphere of the movie, and could have their own life. I deliberately didn't want to see the trailer or film beforehand, thinking it might be a conditioning factor. But, after shooting the props, I expected a certain characterisation of Marianne Lane – and so it was."

Some of the spectacular outfits featured in the photograph series include the glittering trousers of a gold, sequinned bodysuit, a record player awaiting a vinyl expectantly and a Rolling Stones T-shirt slung over a chair. Interesting to mention is that each image speaks to a different element of the film itself but, in a twist on behind-the-scenes documentary, re-contextualises some of its most recognisable objects for yet another layer of the meta-narratives surrounding the film.

So, in case you're bored at home on a Friday night and there's nothing new or gripping on TV, I suggest you get comfortable on your couch and watch this movie! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.


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