Tilda Swinton: Tilda’s Impossible Wardrobe - Interview by Piero Biasion, 2012
The Impossible Wardrobe was an exercise in precision and sensuality. Opening Swinton’s one-woman runway show, Saillard himself dramatically unveiled a seven-foot mirror from under brown paper. What followed was a 40-minute sequence of unique passages in which Tilda, dressed in a nude robe and suede pumps, presented various garments and accessories from the annals of European history to a silently expectant crowd. Neutrality (palest skin, hair, dress, and shoes) allowed her to become each character. Each time Swinton reached the mirror, one’s eye was drawn to her reflection—the 3-D dimension of space between the actress and her precious charge melting away in an instant.