Friday, 3 May 2013

Tim & Tilda's dreamscapes

One of high-octane duos of fashion editorials strikes again:
world famous photographer Tim Walker teamed up with
androgynous style icon, Anglo-Scott actress Tilda Swinton
in a staggering editorial for the May issue of W magazine
where W smartly stands for the magazine bringing ”the Who,
What, Where, When and Why in the World of fashion”.

Walker is one of the most visually influencing fashion
photographer whose fascination with photography began
in Condé Nast's very own library in London where he
worked on Cecil Beaton archives as part of a yearlong
work experience. After graduating, he worked as a
full-time assistant to Richard Avedon in NYC before
coming back to London where he shot his first fashion
story for Vogue developing a charming, magical
aesthetic that led him to realize his first 
short movie 'The Lost Explorer'.

Tilda keeps on her ”dance with fashion” in the co-signed
surreal fantasy called ”Stranger than Paradise” in which
gorgeously constructed images make reference to the
inestimable art collection of British poet Edward William
Frank James who's known for his early patronage of the
surrealist movement (he supported Salvador Dalì and
René Magritte who took two different portraits of him).

Tim & Tilda created a phantasmagoria of beauty and
style mentioning to some of Edward James' protégés,
surrealist masters such as Dalì, Giorgio De Chirico,
Remedios Varo, Man Ray and Leonora Carrington
(see also 'tribute to the last surrealist' about her).
”The beauty of surrealism is in original gestures, unique
 juxtapositions and an unchecked flight of fancy” Swinton
declares about the otherworldly pictures creating 
an enigmatic sense of transport and vertigo.

Tim Walker works with London-based, Danish born
stylist Jacob Kjeldgaard on a regular basis for 'W'
dressing Tilda with garments (just scroll the selected
pics in vertical order) by Vera Wang, Francesco
Scognamiglio, Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci, Acne
Studios, Rick Owens, Maison Martin Margiela and
Haider Ackermann. She expertly interprets clothes
and moods for her part transmuted into different
mystical creatures strongly evoking the magical
realism of surrealistic paintings.

”Ceci n'est pas une moustache” Tilda wrote about
the image in which four centipedes crawled up her
face for hours before they took their meaningful
positions of eyebrows and moustaches letting us
imagine how hard teamwork lies behind a 
fantastic fashion story. 

> all images © W Magazine/Tim Walker, styled by Jacob K <

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