Tilda in Eternity Dress

Oliver Saillard and Tilda Swinton performance

 

 

 

Eternity Dress is a fifty-one-minute performance

by Oliver Saillard starring Tilda Swinton, who

has joined the artist for the second time.

 

 

 

Sponsored by Chloé, and staged at the École des Beaux-Arts

this week as part of the city’s fall festival, has been sold out for months.

In it, Saillard and Swinton explore the art of dressmaking, starting

with lines and measurements (waist: 28 inches, and so forth)working

up through flat patterns and the beginnings of a dress,which Swinton

took a moment to sew on herself. As the dress took form, Swinton recited

a litany of collar styles in French and released a world of emotion in the turn

of a sleeve, finally draping herself in rich-hued chiffon and velvet unfurled from

bolts lined up on the floor.Ultimately, The Dress—a black sheath with long sleeves

and an open back—was a stand-in for a century of fashion history, from Paul

Poiret to Comme des Garçons. One of the show’s high points, as well as its biggest

laugh, showed Swinton striking a series of emblematic poses for houses from

Poiret to Yohji Yamamoto, by way of Chanel, Dior, Mugler, YSL, and Jean Paul

Gaultier. Among a roomful of designers including Gaultier, Christian Lacroix,

Bouchra Jarrar, Martine Sitbon, and Clare Waight Keller, Haider Ackermann was

first on his feet for the ovation. “It’s absolutely a piece of my life,” said Waight

Keller. “They’ve taken everyday materials like tape and chalk and elevated them

to an art form about designing a dress from scratch. It’s about craft,

measuring, and a considered approach. It’s poetry.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Oliver Saillard and Tilda Swinton performance

 

 

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Oliver Saillard and Tilda Swinton performance

 

 

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Oliver Saillard and Tilda Swinton performance

 

 

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Oliver Saillard and Tilda Swinton performance

 

 

 

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Oliver Saillard and Tilda Swinton performance

 

 

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Oliver Saillard and Tilda Swinton performance

 

 

 

 

 

 

source: vogue.com