LesBeehive Throwback Thursday – Tilda Swinton as David Bowie by Craig McDean for Vogue Italia, February 2003

October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Fashion Photographers, Music|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It’s a well known fact that Tilda Swinton and David Bowie are Intergalactic Sisters from an Alien Mister, Star Brothers from a Mars Mother, etc. But did you know that in 2003 Tilda Swinton starred in an epically beautiful Bowie inspired photo shoot for Vogue Italia? Craig McDean shot our Alien God in a series of gender skewering, suit and smoking porn shots that reference Bowie’s iconic Life on Mars? & Thin White Duke looks. When David Bowie saw the photos, he said to stylist Edward Enninful, “When did I do this shoot?” (full quote below) CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT? ISN’T THAT GLORIOUS? David Bowie thought pictures of Tilda Swinton were him! She Twin Tricked him! Hah! Good goof, Tilda!

I’ve also included one of my favourite series of Tilda photos. I only have them as tiny test shots and I know nothing about them except that they’re glorious and I have the folder they’re in labelled as “Bowie Like”. My brain is fun. So is Tilda! So is Bowie! I LOVE THE GALAXY!

“When David Bowie saw my book, he could not believe it when he saw the [Bowie-inspired 2003 Vogue Italia ] pictures of Tilda. He thought it was him. He was like, ‘When did I do this shoot?’ He was floored. Even he couldn’t believe how much she looked like him.”
Edward Enninful on Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton by Glen Luchford for AnOther, Fall/Winter 2015-16

September 24th, 2015|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Fashion Photographers, Film|Tags: , , , , , , |

Tilda’s starring in a new movie called A Bigger Splash as a character named Marianne Lane, which is why that’s the name on the cover of the AnOther. The pictures inside, of Tilda in character, are, as Tilda pictures often are, positively Bowie’esque. Brunette Bowie! The only bummer about this issue is that the snoozefest that is Dakota Johnson also stars in the film, and she got like, three covers? WHO EVEN DOES THAT? What kind of world do we live in where we’re only given one Tilda cover of a magazine, but multiple Dakota Johnson covers? I can’t even remember what that poor girl looks like. I know, because every time I see her at an event or in a magazine I say, “Oh, who’s she?” or “Who’s that plain girl?” or “Is that girl with the brown hair from a tv show we don’t watch?” I have no Dakota Johnson recognition, but sure, give her three covers of an arty fashion magazine and allocate Tilda to just one. It’s fine! I’m fine!

Tilda Swinton by Hong Jang Hyun for Vogue Korea, August 2015

August 6th, 2015|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Fashion Editorials, Fashion Photographers|Tags: , , , |

What a gift we humans have being visited by our alien god. Genuflect at her otherworldly feet! Marvel at that strange posture! Wonder how that bone structure is possible! Write an essay about how Tilda is proof of evolution! Try to piece together a timeline of her ancestry back to the dawn of time! Realize that Tilda IS the dawn of time! Rest! Hydrate! Worship some more!

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

December 11th, 2014|Categories: Film|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’ve watched Wes Anderson’s newest whimsical romp more recently than I have any of his staples, and I love it more every time I see it. The cast is so magical – Wes-regulars like Owen Wilson, Jason Scwhwartzman, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe and Adrien Brody merge with Wes-newcomers Saoirse Ronan, Lea Seydox, Ralph Fiennes, and Jude Law. Together they create a lovely little world for us to climb inside.

I love Wes Anderson movies because he creates a stylish, soothing, fairytale land for his characters to work through very real emotions. Angst and turmoil and melancholy are cut by cozy, well organized sets, sweet music, and an understanding between his characters that, for better or worse, they’re all in this together. The sense of family and community makes my heart ache, and the fact that every film is set in a world we can only create with our mind feels like a very comforting therapy.

Tilda Swinton by Tim Walker for W, December 2014

November 25th, 2014|Categories: Art, Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Fashion Photographers|Tags: , , , , |

From W Magazine:

Tilda Swinton mingles with the Max Ernsts 
at the Houston home and museum of legendary patrons Dominique and John de Menil.

In 1984, Dominique de Menil staged an enormous exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris, offering art lovers, for the first time, an in-depth look at the vast collection she and her husband, John, had assembled. The more than 600 works on view ranged from a paleolithic bone carving dating from 22,000–15,000 BC to 20th-century masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Georges Braque. But when it came time to choose an image to represent the show on the posters that would be plastered around the city, Dominique passed over the blue-chip names and dramatically ancient artifacts in favor of a piece by the virtually unknown 19th-century artist Joseph Sacco. Called Oeil de Jeune Femme, it’s a tiny painting of an eye, framed by a brass oval and dark crimson velvet, and placed in a rough leather box. A surreal object made decades before Surrealism, it elegantly summed up, for de Menil, the idea of perception—on the part of the artist, the collector, and the audience.

It is fitting, then, that precisely 30 years after the Grand Palais show, the miniature work is sitting in the gloved hand of the actress Tilda Swinton, a woman who has made a career out of playing with perception: transcending time and gender in Sally Potter’s 1992 film Orlando, passing as an octogenarian dowager in Wes Anderson’s 2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel, and becoming a buck-toothed villain in last year’s sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer. Today, Swinton has come to the Menil Collection, the museum Dominique de Menil founded in Houston, to create a portfolio for W with the photographer Tim Walker.

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