11.07.11 Magazines, W Magazine

Tilda Swinton For W Magazine August 2011

I nearly passed out when I saw Tilda Swinton on the cover of W Magazine’s August issue.

The queen of androgyny sent shivers down my spine with her captivating editorial which was shot on a futuristic Icelandic landscape by photographer Tim Walker.

She graces the cover wearing a Salvatore Ferragamo Fall 2011 silk velvet tuxedo and silk blouse designed by Creative Director Massimiliano Giornetti.

He captures Tilda wearing many looks including Blumarine, Céline, Chloé, Zero + Maria Cornejo and Comme des Garçons.

Tilda portrays an albino alien who fell to earth, reflecting W’s current fascination with androgyny and men’s uniforms.

In the issue Tilda talks about what it was like playing the mother of an evil child, androgyny and she shares what she really thinks about Hollywood.

Extracts are below, but you can

On her own style icons: “David Bowie—whom I’ve been orbiting ever since I saw The Man Who Fell to Earth in 1976—and my father, Maj. Gen. Sir John Swinton. They are individuals with whom I share the same planetary DNA.”

On gender role play: “People talk about androgyny in all sorts of dull ways. Cahun looked at the limitlessness of an androgynous gesture, which I’ve always been interested in.”

On her father’s military officer uniforms: “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. I would rather be handsome, as he is, for an hour than pretty for a week.”

Blumarine’s wool coat and dress; Stella McCartney’s fleece wool and cashmere turtleneck; Tommy Hilfiger’s silk pants; J.W. Anderson’s cashmere skirt. Patricia Underwood for Chris Benz hat, Comme des Garçons belt, Maison Martin Margiela gloves, Rick Owens boots.

Céline’s cotton turtleneck

Acne’s wool jacket; Akris’s wool dress; Tommy Hilfiger’s silk pants. LaCrasia glove

Chloé’s leather jacket; Maison Martin Margiela’s polyurethane and polyester dress; Jil Sander’s cashmere and silk hooded turtleneck. Maison Martin Margiela gloves, Rick Owens boots

Zero + Maria Cornejo’s llama hair coat; Hugo Boss’s cotton turtleneck; John Rocha’s silk pants; Gucci’s silk chiffon dress. Eres cap, Rick Owens boots

Comme des Garçons’s wool jacket; Hugo Boss’s cotton and polyester shirt; Acne’s polyester skirt. Sermoneta gloves, Agent Provocateur hosiery, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci shoes

Giorgio Armani’s wool and silk jacket. Sermoneta gloves

VPL’s latex coat and dress; National Theatre Costume Hire Store’s bodysuit. Maison Martin Margiela boots

Chanel’s stretch cotton denim jumpsuit; Hussein Chalayan’s wool tunic. Rick Owens boots

Hermès’s felted wool flannel dress. Stephen Jones swim cap, Hermès gloves, Rick Owens boots

Yves Saint Laurent’s wool sweater and silk crepe de chine blouse. Sermoneta gloves

Haider Ackermann’s wool caftan with silk lapels and wool pants; Ralph Lauren Black Label’s cashmere sweater. Haider Ackermann belt, Burberry shoes

Stella McCartney’s wool, polyamide, and elastane jacket; twill and rayon blouse; and rayon pants; National Theatre Costume Hire Store’s bodysuit. Sermoneta gloves

Credit: Tim Walker for W Magazine

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35 Responses to Tilda Swinton For W Magazine August 2011

  1. Clare July 13, 2011 at 18:22 #


  2. pipsqueak July 13, 2011 at 03:40 #

    Wow … powerful and stunning! She’s a dream for all the designers who design for the craft and the theatrics rather than the wearability. She makes celebrity designers look like a bunch of jesters. But ok … I’m not against retail success, for it pays the bills after all.

  3. James Rashan July 12, 2011 at 22:59 #

    I have kicked and hollered about this spread for 13 minutes straight…..TIlda slayed the dragon with this. LOVE!!!

  4. mari July 12, 2011 at 18:33 #

    I know celebrities, actresses, etc have taken over the model’s place in magazines. Here I donot complain. She has her own style, much different of all those cookie cutter beauties.

  5. Courteney July 12, 2011 at 17:23 #

    This is freaky! I appreciate her desire to step outside of the boundaries, but nothing in this pictorial is pretty or interesting to me.

  6. tanya July 12, 2011 at 17:07 #

    this makes me want to actually go out and buy the mag <3

  7. cartouche July 12, 2011 at 16:07 #

    love her forever. her eyes are seriously amazing

  8. Elaine2 July 12, 2011 at 16:00 #

    I really enjoyed this article – thanks for posting! The photography and the setting are fabulous! Tilda is fabulous!!!!!

  9. robbie July 12, 2011 at 12:41 #

    this is definetely an interesting editorial. the cover is INCREDIBLE!

  10. Maria July 12, 2011 at 11:35 #

    Amazing!, you say that it is “shot on a futuristic Icelandic landscape” do you know if it was actually shot in Iceland?

  11. wilwarin July 12, 2011 at 10:23 #

    wow… sh’s perfect… my favourite photos are the ed dress andpictureno 7… and i love tild for always doingsomething different 🙂

  12. anamika July 12, 2011 at 10:07 #

    I love how she soooo her self.
    i wanted to say she has taken risk! But she really an andrgene looking woman. Who prefers and keeps the mystery going…style Lennox today!
    but this is she!
    and i love her destroyed looks… fan of these photos also!
    thx FC for featuring these great photos
    I’ve totally enjoyed it how refeshing! xxxxx

  13. KateS July 12, 2011 at 08:11 #

    So tall! So fierce! She’s such a gorgeous, fascinating creature, and damn she can work a camera.

  14. Hannah July 12, 2011 at 07:23 #

    Oh my God, nothing makes my heart race like Tilda Swinton! She is so incredible, I really have no words to describe her. The onl thing that would make me love this more is if she dyed her hair back to ginger, and if the armani photo had been the cover. Easily the best editorial of the year, at least celebrity-wise. This may even be better than when she was in AnOther.

  15. micheline July 12, 2011 at 04:46 #

    This is extraordinary. I’ve never seen anything like it. I absolutely love it.

  16. mm July 12, 2011 at 04:20 #

    Each photo is like Sci Fi Artwork. I just got my W today pics even better in print

  17. Caitlin July 12, 2011 at 03:59 #

    My favorite is the latex dress and coat.
    She really is an alien, isn’t she? Just hypnotic.

  18. Redseouls July 12, 2011 at 00:11 #

    @Rebecca Z: Amen! I share your sentiment.

    Tilda is weird looking woman, but photographers seem to like to make her look even weirder. If they shot her as a human instead of an “alien”, she’d look better. Just my opinion.

  19. mol July 11, 2011 at 23:40 #

    The shot with her in the Giorio Armani jacket is so beyond my favorite – I would happily add this photo to my own photography collection (which includes work by Claude Cahun, the surrealist photographer from the thirites that Tilda mentions as partial inspiration for this shoot – ohhhh yes, this whole shoot makes me happy, so beautifully done and why I love fashion!)

  20. Giuseppi Giraffe July 11, 2011 at 22:55 #

    I am fast becoming a big Tilda Swinton fan. She rarely does the diva look, but she always owns the camera. In any movie I’ve seen her in, she’s always the character I can’t help noticing. I love her look.

  21. Zineb July 11, 2011 at 22:32 #

    WOWWWWWWWWW !!! This is by far the best photoshoots ever done in the history of fashion ( I might be exaggerating …) but I found it extremely artistic. The poses, the background, the colors, the style and of course Tilda’s majestic attitudes. The is exactly why fashion is considered in itself as a piece of art. Chapeau to the photographer 🙂

  22. Rebecca Z July 11, 2011 at 21:55 #

    I have to say this does nothing for me. I can see it as art photography (that is not my taste) but it doesn’t speak to me as fashion. there is nothing here I want to wear or emulate. Just my (no doubt) narrow opinion.

  23. Verena July 11, 2011 at 21:55 #

    I feel a little lame for gasping at anythiing but I just did when I saw Tilda in the Armani jacket. Amazing, amazing shoot!

    Jacob Kjeldgaard styled it, btw.

  24. Sumee July 11, 2011 at 21:47 #

    now this is what is called OUTSTANDING !

  25. guest July 11, 2011 at 21:44 #

    creepy 🙂

  26. dee July 11, 2011 at 21:37 #

    I really like Tilda’s style. Always a breath of fresh air on the red carpet.

  27. Yaas July 11, 2011 at 21:36 #

    Now this is a very modern and forward approach to an editorial and Tilda Swinton totally deserves one! Love it.

  28. niya July 11, 2011 at 21:35 #

    holy wow. this is an amazing shoot. absolutely no complaints from me. just… wow.

  29. Teleholic July 11, 2011 at 21:35 #

    This woman can teach the girls of Top Model a lesson or ten.

  30. Moxie July 11, 2011 at 21:35 #


  31. DivaMom July 11, 2011 at 21:32 #

    Ooooookay! It’s Michael Jackson on the cover…

    But any-who, she’s fierce. What more can one say?!

  32. Gigi July 11, 2011 at 21:32 #

    I don’t think anyone but Tilda would attempt this… or succeed at it. Wow.

  33. Mina July 11, 2011 at 21:31 #

    FC, thank you! this piece sent shivers down my spine. It reminds me once again how powerful, beautiful and haunting the art of fashion can be … something that gets lost sometimes in the daily shenanigans of Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian & Co.

    • Ayesha July 18, 2011 at 06:16 #

      totally agreed…this is some very high quality art,breathtaking and frightening!

    • LizLemooooon July 20, 2011 at 21:26 #

      My thoughts exactly! Terrifying, beautiful, stunning, bold and provocative. What a wonderful photo shoot. Not just high fashion but high art too.
      I ADORE Tilda.

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