Friday 5 October 2012

Tilda Swinton in The Impossible Wardrobe

Christoff von Drecoll coat, 1905
The Impossible Wardrobe: A Two Centuries Of Fashion History starring Tilda Swinton

Devine Tilda Swinton stars in “The Impossible Wardrobe,” a performance-art piece that premiered on Saturday night at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. The installation of "The Impossible Wardrobe" is the idea of the museum's director Olivier Saillard,  who acts as Swinton's on-stage assistant, handing her wrapped dresses, coats and accessories to unfurl and display.
For the show, staged over three days at the Palais de Tokyo modern art museum, Saillard chose 57 dresses, coats and accessories, many by the greatest names in fashion history: Elsa Schiaparelli, Cristobal Balenciaga, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior or Pierre Balmain.

 "The performance was born of a taboo -- you cannot wear the clothes that we store in our museums," Saillard told AFP. "But you can bear them, gently in your arms," he said -- playing on the twin meanings of the French word "porter", which means both to wear and to carry.

Jacket worn by dancer Cléo de Mérode, circa 1900. 

Schiaparelli reversible skirt, circa 1953

Afternoon dress, attributed to Lanvin, circa 1934. 

Schiaparelli claw gloves, 1936

Fortuny Delphos dress. 

Evening collar, designer unknown, circa 1898. 
Schiaparelli evening coat, circa 1953.

Postillion jacket, designer unknown, circa 1860.

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