Icon Focus: Tilda Swinton

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"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 for you).

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.

It's no surprise then that we find among her style icons David Bowie and her father, former commander of the Queen's Household Division in London. 'From childhood,' she says, 'I remember more about his black patent, gold livery, scarlet-striped legs, and medal ribbons than I do of my mother's evening dresses; I would rather be handsome, as he is, for an hour than pretty for a week.' And who are we to disagree? There's plenty of styles to choose from, plenty of ways to reinvent androgyny with a unique and personal touch. Tilda is simply one of the greatest artists when it comes to exploring this style in both magical and sophisticated ways.

Celebrate Tilda's Own Unique Style With Vintage Alternative Clothing

Fancy yourself a Tilda Swinton in the making? Grab yourself some authentic vintage alternative clothing from our bulging collection to dress like our favourite androgynous dame.

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