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The Return of the Lady

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The Return of the Lady

I’m a little bit obsessed with Luca Guadagnino’s most recent film, A Bigger Splash, starring the wonderful Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts,Ralph Fiennes – who delivers a spectacular performance- and the refreshing Dakota Johnson.

More specifically, I’m obsessed with Swinton’s Raf Simons-designed wardrobe, which borrows from 1950s Italian fashion and Dior archive alike. Swinton plays a Bowie-esque rock star, currently recovering from a life of booze, drugs and rock and roll (and an operation to her vocal chords) and taking well-deserved vacation with her boyfriend (Schoenaerts) on equal-parts-rough-and-dreamy Pantelleria, a small Italian island off the coast of Sicily.

tilda swinton garance dore photo

Swinton gives off a fittingly Dior vibe: from her casual blue and white stripped cover-up to her dashing white jumpsuit and mirrored sunglasses, there isn’t a single sartorial faux-pas. Most memorable is the typically Dior silhouette of Swinton’s white flared skirt and black, backless top paired with a straw hat as she strolls through the streets, Ralph Fiennes on her arm. Swoon.

tilda swinton garance dore photo

Watching the film made me want to re-explore more feminine silhouettes: not a tomboy by nature per se, I do have a serious tendency towards denims and chelsea boots, more-so since I moved to New York. But there is something to be said about this summer’s fashion which is equal parts 1970s boho flower-patterned glory (thank you, Alessandro Michele!) and sporty-chic 1990s it-girl. It has made me want to retire my shorts and jeans for flirty skirts, slips and dresses, if only for a few months.

Do you ever find yourself inspired to switch-up your style because of films?

By Anne-Sophie, intern at the Studio


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  • Le titre de l’article m’a tout de suite interpellé !
    Depuis une année, je m’applique à devenir une lady des temps modernes. La route est encore longue, mais je me régale à découvrir les manuels de savoir-vivre, les subtilités de l’étiquette et les détails des bonnes manières.
    Je partage mes nouvelles connaissances sur le blog http://www.apprendre-les-bonnes-manieres.com
    Garance est source d’inspiration :)
    Merci pour le partage de vos expériences!
    Bonne journée,

  • aaa, you must watch the i am love with tilda. lovely! :)


  • Hello Anne-Sophie !
    Quelle chance d’être en stage au studio Garance Doré…ça fait rêver :)
    Ta description et les photos me donnent très très envie de regarder ce film !
    Julietta d’Almodovor est assez inspirant également !

  • Oh dear, if you loved this film, you have to watch I Am Love by Luca. The wardrobe was also designed by Raf Simons from his days at Jil Sander. Also, the photography, the scenery and the story of the film will drive you absolutely crazy. Highly recommended.

  • Luciana June, 26 2016, 5:42

    I wholeheartedly agree!

  • I have been obsessed with this movie for a year ! I love all his films. Does anyone know who makes the handbag she uses in the film? Its so perfect.
    Tilda wears it with the back shirt and white skirt when she goes to town. Please someone tell me who makes the bag ??????

  • Emmanuelle June, 24 2016, 1:04 / Reply

    En voyant je n’arrêtais pas de me répéter qu’il est un remake de La Piscine avec Romy Schneider et Alain Selon au zénith de leur beauté, Maurice Ronet parfait en dandy vaniteux et la toute jeune Birkin… et ça m’a gâché le plaisir! Alors le revoir sous l’optique unique de la garde-robe… pourquoi pas ?! Have a nice day !

  • Have you ever seen th movie ‘Io sono l’amore’ by Luca Guadagnino with Tilda Swinton?

  • vanessa la belge June, 24 2016, 6:32 / Reply

    Les tenues de Tilda Swinton sont vraiment la seule chose à retenir de ce film. Sublimes (les vêtements, on a bien compris).

    ps: Si ce n’est déjà fait, je te conseille vivement de voir “La piscine”, avec la belle Romy, dont est largement inspire A bigger splash.

  • Gisela Afonso June, 24 2016, 6:50 / Reply

    I felt inspired by Catherine Deneuve in “The Hunger” (Tony Scott) and Kristin Scott Thomas in “The English Patient” (Anthony Minghella) .

  • I have a big crush on Tilda Swinton ever since I saw her in Orlando ! The costumes are exquisite and the movie excellent. My other movie inspiration is Kristin S.Thomas in the English Patient. The wardrobe choice was very elegant.

  • Have you ever seen Nine? The movie wasn’t great, but the costumes and beauty were 10/10. So beautiful that I was inspired to make the dreadful decision to cut short short bangs like Penelope Cruz’s character! Unfortunately we look nothing alike and it took months to grow out. I still love her looks in every film she is in, though :)

  • vermillyon June, 24 2016, 9:54 / Reply

    I was was very inspired by another movie starring Tilda Swinton. She looked great in “I am love.”

  • Oh yes,not so much movies maybe, but I still have a thing for the music videos of the 90s – all those white shirts, ripped jeans, leather jackets, bright tops, hoop earrings, big hair, casual cool t-shirts…. Yes, please! :)


  • I saw this movies last night and it was fantastic. Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes are amazing. I also loved they way Tilda was styled for this movie.

  • Debra Barnes June, 26 2016, 7:05 / Reply

    Oh yes, loved the clothes in this and I Am Love. Tilda Swinton looks just amazing. And yes to the bag referred to would love to know. Oh everything, her mirrored sunglasses. Soo soo good. Thanks for the post love it :)

  • I was super inspired by the movie “la febbre”, a recent italian movie, not exeptional…but the female carachter biking around the countryside with floral dresses…please make more of this kind of articles!

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