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Tilda Swinton (1960)

The daughter of a former Scots Guard, Tilda Swinton was brought up in an aristocratic environment counting such figure as Diana Spencer among her classmates. The British actress began acting with the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh before working with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. She made her film debuts in Caravaggio, in 1986 and rapidly became the edgy icon of a European art house cinema leading her to her much acclaimed performance in Orlando, in 1992. She nonetheless did not refuse more mainstream features such as Vanilla Sky, in 2001 and The Chronicles of Narnia in which her translucent statuesque figure perfectly suited the role of the icy White Witch. Combining obscure arty projects and more conventional films, Tilda Swinton continuously imprints the screen with her striking and unusual appearance in such films as Burn after Reading, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and We Need to Talk About Kevin. With her disturbing elf-like androgynous beauty, the actress unsurprisingly inspires extreme artists and fashion designers such as Viktor & Rolf who recognize her inventive sense of elegance. And the mysterious personality who lives an ambiguous and much talked about 'ménage à trois' becomes a veritable piece of art herself for the art installation The Maybe at the MOMA for which she embodies an intriguing contemporary sleeping beauty entrapped in a glass case. Tilda Swinton who is often nicknamed the 'woman from elsewhere' mingles all artistic disciplines: 'fashion, style and cinema, it's the same game; it's the same existential investigation. We're talking about art.'

Tilda Swinton by Peter Hapak for The Room Magazine, F/W 2011/ 2012
Tilda Swinton by Peter Hapak for The Room Magazine, F/W 2011/ 2012
Tilda Swinton by Craig McDean for Another Magazine Spring/ Summer 2009
Tilda Swinton by Craig McDean for Another Magazine Spring/ Summer 2009
Tilda Swinton by Bryan Adams, 2000s
Tilda Swinton by Bryan Adams, 2000s
Tilda Swinton by Bryan Adams, 2000s
Tilda Swinton by Bryan Adams, 2000s
Tilda Swinton by Simon Annaud, 2009
Tilda Swinton by Simon Annaud, 2009
Tilda Swinton, 2000s
Tilda Swinton, 2000s
Tilda Swinton by Norman Jean Roy for New York Magazine, 2014
Tilda Swinton by Norman Jean Roy for New York Magazine, 2014
Tilda Swinton and John Malkovich in Burn After Reading directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, 2008
Tilda Swinton and John Malkovich in Burn After Reading directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, 2008
Tilda Swinton by Jean-Baptiste Mondino for Pomellato, 2014
Tilda Swinton by Jean-Baptiste Mondino for Pomellato, 2014
Tilda Swinton by Juergen Teller, 2011
Tilda Swinton by Juergen Teller, 2011
Tilda Swinton by Marcel Hartmann, 2000s
Tilda Swinton by Marcel Hartmann, 2000s
Tilda Swinton by Nan Goldin, 2008
Tilda Swinton by Nan Goldin, 2008
Tilda Swinton by Paolo Roversi for Pomellato, 2012
Tilda Swinton by Paolo Roversi for Pomellato, 2012
Tilda Swinton by Paolo Roversi for Pomellato, 2012
Tilda Swinton by Paolo Roversi for Pomellato, 2012
Tilda Swinton by Paolo Roversi for Pomellato, 2012
Tilda Swinton by Paolo Roversi for Pomellato, 2012
Tilda Swinton by Paolo Roversi for Pomellato, 2012
Tilda Swinton by Paolo Roversi for Pomellato, 2012
Tilda Swinton by Richard Avedon, 1993
Tilda Swinton by Richard Avedon, 1993
Tilda Swinton by Jeff Burton for Numero Magazine, October 2010
Tilda Swinton by Jeff Burton for Numero Magazine, October 2010
Tilda Swinton by Katherina Jebb, 2013 for Eternity Dress
Tilda Swinton by Katherina Jebb, 2013 for Eternity Dress
Tilda Swinton as David Bowie by Craig McDean, 2010s
Tilda Swinton as David Bowie by Craig McDean, 2010s
David Bowie as Tilda Swinton whith Tilda Swinton as David Bowie by Jeff Cronenweth, 2013
David Bowie as Tilda Swinton whith Tilda Swinton as David Bowie by Jeff Cronenweth, 2013
Tilda Swinton in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe directed by Andrew Adamson, 2005
Tilda Swinton in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe directed by Andrew Adamson, 2005
Tilda Swinton by Tim Walker for W Magazine, August 2011
Tilda Swinton by Tim Walker for W Magazine, August 2011
Tilda Swinton by Peter Hapak for Esquire Ukraine, June 2014
Tilda Swinton by Peter Hapak for Esquire Ukraine, June 2014
Tilda Swinton by Fabio Lovino, 1999
Tilda Swinton by Fabio Lovino, 1999
Tilda Swinton by Ryan McGinley for Pringle of Scotland, S/S 2010
Tilda Swinton by Ryan McGinley for Pringle of Scotland, S/S 2010
Tilda Swinton by Glen Luchford for Dazed and Confused, May 2010
Tilda Swinton by Glen Luchford for Dazed and Confused, May 2010
Tilda Swinton and Haider Ackermann by Sølve Sundsbø for W Magazine, August 2012
Tilda Swinton and Haider Ackermann by Sølve Sundsbø for W Magazine, August 2012
Tilda Swinton in Julia directed by Erick Zonca, 2008
Tilda Swinton in Julia directed by Erick Zonca, 2008
Tilda Swinton and George Clooney in Michael Clayton directed by Tony Gilroy, 2007
Tilda Swinton and George Clooney in Michael Clayton directed by Tony Gilroy, 2007
Tilda Swinton in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe directed by Andrew Adamson, 2005
Tilda Swinton in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe directed by Andrew Adamson, 2005
Tilda Swinton in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe directed by Andrew Adamson, 2005
Tilda Swinton in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe directed by Andrew Adamson, 2005
Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in Only Lovers Left Alive directed by Jim Jarmusch, 2013
Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in Only Lovers Left Alive directed by Jim Jarmusch, 2013
Tilda Swinton  in Only Lovers Left Alive directed by Jim Jarmusch, 2013
Tilda Swinton in Only Lovers Left Alive directed by Jim Jarmusch, 2013
Tilda Swinton  in Only Lovers Left Alive directed by Jim Jarmusch, 2013
Tilda Swinton in Only Lovers Left Alive directed by Jim Jarmusch, 2013
Tilda Swinton in Orlando directed by Sally Porter, 1992
Tilda Swinton in Orlando directed by Sally Porter, 1992
Tilda Swinton and Olivier Saillard for Eternity Dress performance, November 2013
Tilda Swinton and Olivier Saillard for Eternity Dress performance, November 2013
Tilda Swinton by Lorenzo Agius, 2010s
Tilda Swinton by Lorenzo Agius, 2010s
Tilda Swinton in The Stars (Are Out Tonight) video clip for David Bowie, directed by Floria Sigismondi, 2013
Tilda Swinton in The Stars (Are Out Tonight) video clip for David Bowie, directed by Floria Sigismondi, 2013
Tilda Swinton for The Maybe performance at MoMa, March  2013
Tilda Swinton for The Maybe performance at MoMa, March 2013
Tilda Swinton in Snowpiercer directed by Bong Joon-ho, 2013
Tilda Swinton in Snowpiercer directed by Bong Joon-ho, 2013
Tilda Swinton by Sølve Sundsbø, 2010s
Tilda Swinton by Sølve Sundsbø, 2010s
Tilda Swinton in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button directed by David Fincher, 2008
Tilda Swinton in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button directed by David Fincher, 2008
Tilda Swinton for The Impossible Wardrobe performance, 2012. Photo by Katherina Jebb
Tilda Swinton for The Impossible Wardrobe performance, 2012. Photo by Katherina Jebb
Tilda Swinton in The Stars (Are Out Tonight) video clip for David Bowie, directed by Floria Sigismondi, 2013
Tilda Swinton in The Stars (Are Out Tonight) video clip for David Bowie, directed by Floria Sigismondi, 2013
Tilda Swinton by Katherina Jebb, 2010s
Tilda Swinton by Katherina Jebb, 2010s
Tilda Swinton by Glen Luchford for Dazed & Confused, May 2010
Tilda Swinton by Glen Luchford for Dazed & Confused, May 2010
Tilda Swinton in The Grand Budapest Hotel directed by Wes Anderson, 2014
Tilda Swinton in The Grand Budapest Hotel directed by Wes Anderson, 2014
Tilda Swinton in The Grand Budapest Hotel directed by Wes Anderson, 2014
Tilda Swinton in The Grand Budapest Hotel directed by Wes Anderson, 2014
Tilda Swinton by Tim Walker for W Magazine, May 2013
Tilda Swinton by Tim Walker for W Magazine, May 2013
Tilda Swinton & John C. Reilly by Yann Rabanier, 2011
Tilda Swinton & John C. Reilly by Yann Rabanier, 2011
Tilda Swinton by Karl Lagerfeld for Vogue, July 1993
Tilda Swinton by Karl Lagerfeld for Vogue, July 1993
Tilda Swinton by Jan Welters, 2011
Tilda Swinton by Jan Welters, 2011
Tilda Swinton by Benjamin Alexander Huseby for the Gentlewoman Spring/Summer 2012
Tilda Swinton by Benjamin Alexander Huseby for the Gentlewoman Spring/Summer 2012
Tilda Swinton by Craig McDean for Another Magazine Spring/ Summer 2009
Tilda Swinton by Craig McDean for Another Magazine Spring/ Summer 2009
Tilda Swinton by Denis Rouvre, 2010s
Tilda Swinton by Denis Rouvre, 2010s
Tilda Swinton by Glen Luchford for Dazed and Confused, May 2010
Tilda Swinton by Glen Luchford for Dazed and Confused, May 2010
Tilda Swinton by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, 2010
Tilda Swinton by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, 2010
Tilda Swinton by Juergen Teller, 2010s
Tilda Swinton by Juergen Teller, 2010s
Tilda Swinton by Les Beehive, 2010s
Tilda Swinton by Les Beehive, 2010s
Tilda Swinton by Murdo Macleod, 2000s
Tilda Swinton by Murdo Macleod, 2000s
Tilda Swinton by Murdo Macleod, 2000s
Tilda Swinton by Murdo Macleod, 2000s
Tilda Swinton by Paolo Roversi for Acne Paper Sweden, F/W 2010
Tilda Swinton by Paolo Roversi for Acne Paper Sweden, F/W 2010
Tilda Swinton by Paolo Roversi for Acne Paper Sweden, F/W 2010
Tilda Swinton by Paolo Roversi for Acne Paper Sweden, F/W 2010
Tilda Swinton by Peter Hapak for Time Magazine, 2013
Tilda Swinton by Peter Hapak for Time Magazine, 2013
Tilda Swinton by Roxanne Lowit, 2000s
Tilda Swinton by Roxanne Lowit, 2000s
Tilda Swinton by Sølve Sundsbø for W Korea, August 2013
Tilda Swinton by Sølve Sundsbø for W Korea, August 2013
Tilda Swinton by Sølve Sundsbø for W Korea, August 2013
Tilda Swinton by Sølve Sundsbø for W Korea, August 2013
Tilda Swinton by Tim Walker for W Magazine, August 2011
Tilda Swinton by Tim Walker for W Magazine, August 2011
Tilda Swinton by Tim Walker for W Magazine, May 2013
Tilda Swinton by Tim Walker for W Magazine, May 2013
Tilda Swinton by Xevi Muntané for Candy Magazine, Mai 2012
Tilda Swinton by Xevi Muntané for Candy Magazine, Mai 2012
Tilda Swinton by Xevi Muntane for Mixte Magazine, May 2008
Tilda Swinton by Xevi Muntane for Mixte Magazine, May 2008
Tilda Swinton by Glen Luchford for Dazed and Confused, May 2010
Tilda Swinton by Glen Luchford for Dazed and Confused, May 2010
Tilda Swinton by Glen Luchford for Dazed and Confused, May 2010
Tilda Swinton by Glen Luchford for Dazed and Confused, May 2010
Tilda Swinton by Alasdair McLellan for Vogue UK, November 2011
Tilda Swinton by Alasdair McLellan for Vogue UK, November 2011
Tilda Swinton by Alasdair McLellan for Vogue UK, November 2011
Tilda Swinton by Alasdair McLellan for Vogue UK, November 2011
Tilda Swinton by Tim Walker for W Magazine, May 2013
Tilda Swinton by Tim Walker for W Magazine, May 2013
Tilda Swinton by Tim Walker for W Magazine, May 2013
Tilda Swinton by Tim Walker for W Magazine, May 2013
Tilda Swinton by Xevi Muntané for Candy Magazine, May 2012
Tilda Swinton by Xevi Muntané for Candy Magazine, May 2012
Tilda Swinton by Karl lagerfeld for Chanel FW 2013
Tilda Swinton by Karl lagerfeld for Chanel FW 2013
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