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WARDROBE OF A LIFETIME: Tilda Swinton Talks Chanel At The Venice Film Festival 2020
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Chanel
14.09.2020
Tilda Swinton in a cotton blouse and crepe layered skirt by Chanel to claim her Life Achievement prize at the 77th Venice Film Festival
Tilda Swinton in a cotton blouse and crepe layered skirt by Chanel to claim her Life Achievement prize at the 77th Venice Film Festival
Tilda Swinton in a cotton blouse and crepe layered skirt by Chanel to claim her Life Achievement prize at the 77th Venice Film Festival
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Very few actors – men and women – carry similar poise, class, and acting chops as Tilda Swinton. The thespian was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement gong at the 77th Venice International Film Festival, which only confirms all the excellence that we already know about the 59-year-old London-born movie star. What you probably also know is that Swinton’s red carpet wardrobe isn’t run-of-the-mill either. She has earned a reputation of being one of the most progressive dressers of our generation and a testament that age doesn’t define one’s dress code. One fashion house, in particular, Swinton personally adores and has outfitted most of her public appearances for a while now. We’re talking about the unmistakable label known as Chanel which she has been wearing since 2013. Here she shares a few thoughtful words about her relationship with the house and what it means for the label to outfit her on the occasion of receiving one of most important awards in her career:   

“There is something entirely – unspeakably – daunting about stepping up to such a moment. As filmmakers, we work closely in collaboration always, and so, to be singled out in this way, without the banner of a specific piece of work or my beloved partners, in truth, feels unmistakably inaccurate and lonely, however great the honour and my gratitude for it. The close fellowship I am so blessed by with the House of Chanel is, therefore, my natural companion tonight: I am never alone when I am sailing under its standard. I am stepping up for the family. I feel, if not exactly at home, then – second best of all – travelling and merrymaking with pals.

“I have chosen to wear a look that, in my estimation, epitomises a kind of ease, freshness and élan entirely appropriate to Venice, and to this unique celebratory moment. Venezia is the oldest film festival in the world and its opening tonight is a historic event for this year of enforced cancellations and postponements: we are toasting the eternal, indistinguishable nourishment, not only of the festival, but also of cinema itself. The look Virginie Viard has made carries its references lightly within it like secret messages, and I love this kind of magical, coded, gesture. (Added to which, there will, inevitably, be dancing later, even if it’s in my room, on my bed, with my dear ones... and this is very much a look to rock out in). I would say that it represents very well what Virginie brings to the House: innate comfort, flow, a certain kind of unpretentious playfulness, entirely modern and, at the same time, a vision rooted in the timeless, perpetual, treasure of the Chanel legacy. It is my sincere privilege and my joy to wear her work and I thank my lucky stars for the blessing.”

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