Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Tilda Swinton

The 'great Scot' Actress Tilda Swinton

"I would arrange the androgynous more under the generic term 'immortality'.If I speak of the reality of the androgynous I mean if we accepted that male like female beings experienced suppression from the beginning, that girls such as boys are squeezed in behaviour patterns then we would encounter the fact that there is a time ' before' it and that we must understand this period as a time of innocence, liberty and infinite possibilities. Even if it was only a short time we all carry this memory in us, a real memory, which is situated before the time of knowledge of what is male and what is female female, the time of humanity."

“People talk about androgyny in all sorts of dull ways,” she says. Her biggest influences are David Bowie and her father, Maj. Gen. Sir John Swinton.

“My aesthetic North Stars. The individuals with whom I share the same planetary DNA,” she adds, hinting at how people would often refer to her as “Tilda the alien.”

“From childhood, I remember more about his black patent, gold livery, scarlet-striped legs, and medal ribbons than I do of my mother’s evening dresses,” she says.

“I would rather be handsome, as he is, for an hour than pretty for a week,” Tilda adds. The W Magazine spread does its best to show that, indeed, Tilda is stunningly handsome.

Cover of little white lies by 'SILJE MARIE KRISTIANSEN' - At Falmouth college, The film 'I Am Love' The portrait is painted with gouache, and graphic details added digitally. I had considered doing one for Orlando ….

The other day, I was going through the airport security and I was searched by a male security guard. I’m very often referred to as “Sir” in elevators and such. I think it has to do with being this tall and not wearing much lipstick. I think people just can’t imagine I’d be a woman if I look like this.”

"I’m basically interested in identity, and I still find fascinating the question, “How do we identify ourselves, and how do we settle into other people’s expectations for our identity?”

Her latest endeavour, Pringle, have used Tilda Swinton to front both its womenswear and menswear campaigns for AW10. If anyone can rock a mens suit it’s definitely Tilda so there’s no denying she looks wonderful in the clothes, but would a man want to buy them? Pringle has already shown itself to be an innovative brand by utilising both Swinton and art-photographer Ryan McGinley in its campaigns. This latest experiment with androgyny suggests Pringle is yet again giving us something to think about and discuss.

But the best inspiration is really to see her at work -

Watch to the end! Same person, no difference at all…..
Thistle sword?

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