There is a quality so rarefied that, should you find yourself in its possession, it’s charm may emanate from within you with a delicate magnetism that has fashion designers declaring you their muse.
And, should you nurture this quality correctly, it will almost magically fortify your particular talents so that you find yourself, say, mesmerising a silently awed theatre audience or effortlessly enchanting a roomful of cinema critics.
If, by nature of your virtue, you manage to use this quality wisely, it might be that you are awarded prizes and praise by your contemporaries and peers.
This quality is called Timelessness and it radiates freely from Tilda Swinton.
An actress of ever-increasing esteem and repute, Swinton has indeed been proclaimed the muse of labels such as Chanel, has starred in a number of critically acclaimed film and theatre productions and been bestowed with Oscars, BAFTAs and Golden Globes.
Her qualities of timelessness are exemplified here by the Valentino dress that gracefully falls from her shoulders to the tips of her toes in the most impossibly immaculate shade of white.
Swinton – once again – strikes you as belonging to both a cinematic antique past and a chrome-coloured future.
In this dress, It is easy to imagine her rising from the throne of a long-fallen ancient empire, a statue suddenly awakened by working limbs and seeing eyes.
It is just as easy to see her stepping from a gleaming silver staircase ascending from a distant future that belongs to ten generations hence.
In her pristine Valentino, Tilda Swinton continues to stride the past, present and future with an unmatched ageless elegance.
Words: Steve Jarvis
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