An exquisitely illustrated examination of the influence of fashion, as conceived by Olivier Saillard and interpreted by Tilda Swinton. The Impossible Wardrobe documents three groundbreaking exhibitions curated by Olivier Saillard and poetically brought to life by Tilda Swinton. Serving as part fashion object, part catalog, and part artist book, this work not only consists of the sole record of Swinton's critically acclaimed sold-out performances-that were by their very nature ephemeral artworks-but also serves as a unique survey of the Palais Galliera's extraordinary collection of iconic clothing. This lavish three-book set presents the three performance pieces that spanned a period of three years. In The Impossible Wardrobe (2012), Swinton walks down a runway with a selection of historically and culturally significant garments from the past 200 years. In Eternity Dress (2013), a garment is tailor-made for the actress in front of a live audience. And in the third performance in the series, Cloakroom (2014), Swinton examines the special relationship between an item of clothing and its owner.
A glorious ode to fashion, The Impossible Wardrobe presents and elevates couture to a veritable art form.
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 3629 g
Dimensions: 305 x 254 x 53 mm
"[Saillard and Swinton are] an interesting pair. And, to prove it, they set out to look at 20th century fashion in an entirely new way
. They are not the first nor will they be the last, but their approach will probably remain the most intelligent for some time to come. Impossible Wardrobes
is the boxed three-volume chronicle of their search for meaning, similarities and wearability of clothes
in three shows in different Paris venues."
-THE BUSINESS OF FASHION
"An amazing three-book box set. Buy [Impossible Wardrobes] for that daydreamy friend of yours who sees the art in fashion - and everywhere else they look."
-SWEET via SnapChat
"[Impossible Wardrobes] is naturally a quirky affair. It applauds our relationship with clothes and considers couture an art form."
-COUNTRY AND TOWNHOUSE MAGAZINE (from 10 of the Best New Coffee Table Fashion Books)