Icon Focus: Tilda Swinton
"For someone to know what you need to make you comfortable,
they need to know who you are."
The British actress and fashion muse known for both arthouse and
mainstream films has been described in many ways - some of the best
include: "alien," "chameleon," and "androgynous". For the purpose
of this article, we'll be focusing on the androgynous
element of her nature and style, however we wouldn't stop you from
being more inspired, stylistically, by her resemblance with aliens
(can't you see she's from another planet??) and her transformative
chameleonic image (Does she eat insects with her extensive tongue
too? This is a very important question, which alas, we won't answer
Dancing with Fashion: The Queen of Alternative Clothing
Both onscreen and in her subversive, playful public outings, Tilda Swinton manages to imprint an impression of awe. Her "dance with fashion," as she calls it, began after she wrapped her first mainstream film, The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, who was fresh off his Titanic success. An avant-garde darling, she was known for her cinematic collaborations with directors Derek Jarman and Sally Potter; and in more than one occasion it's possible to recognise Arnold Genthe's portraits of Greta Garbo in some of her poses and fashion choices, if not even a little touch of Claude Cahun - famous in the Twenties for her exploration of gender role play. On the subject matter, TIlda herself has stated: "People talk about androgyny in all sorts of dull ways," following the release of Orlando in 1992, but also admitted being interested in its pliancy.