Tilda Swinton performs 'Cloakroom' to a star-studded crowd
At the Galliera Museum in Paris
“It’s all about the intimacy of clothes,” designer Haider Ackermann was quoted as saying by WWD after seeing his friend Swinton perform on Friday night. “You always remember the jacket you wore to a concert and the person you were with that night — it’s nice to absorb the smells, to have a relationship and cherish your clothes.” Ackermann added.
The 54-year-old actress used this energy for her 45-minute long performance, which featured the striking beauty lovingly stroking the garments, folding and unfolding them – all mostly in silence. The interactive project also saw Swinton examining items put before her from members of the audience.
Said audience featured quite a few impressive faces – including Stella Tenant, Christian Lacroix, Alber Elbaz, Bouchra Jarrar, Lucas Ossendrijver, Charlotte Rampling and Bruno Frissoni.
"We practiced not knowing what we were doing, which is the best way to do it," Swinton said after the show, which will run until November 29. "I don't have as many garments at home as I dealt with today but they all have spirits so it's hard to throw things away that you have lived a life in."
Lacroix noted that "She [Swinton] is an aristocrat with a long-standing history. I think she holds all these centuries of humanity inside her," he said, adding that the actress was "an angel in disguise."
This is Swinton's third theatrical piece inspired by fashion – The Impossible Wardrobe (2012), Eternity Dress (2013) and now, Cloakroom (2014) were all written and directed by Palais Galliera's Olivier Saillard.