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Eternity Dress: Olivier Saillard’s performance starring Tilda Swinton


The Story of Eternity Dress


Settings: Paris, 20-24 November 2013, Ecole des Beaux-Arts

Leading Actors: Olivier Saillard—author, poet, star fashion curator and Tilda Swinton, actress, fashion muse, sculpture

Plot:  Eternity Dress is a fifty-one-minute performance whose concept is  to follow the making of one dress, epitome of all dresses, made on the sculpture/fashion muse, Tilda Swinton. From the lines and measurements working up through the paper pattern and the muslin which is cut and sewn by TIlda herself. The finished Dress—a black sheath with long sleeves and an open back—is a stand-in for a century of fashion history, from Paul Poiret to Comme des Garçons. Show’s climax is Tilda striking  iconic poses of the great couturiers, including Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Courreges. The performance is inspired by a method found in the museum’s collections from the 1950’s EternityDress_2






Photos © Piero Biasion via Diane Pernet

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