Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Rarified birds- double vision- Marchesa Casati played by Tilda Swinton

Stunning Paolo Roversi shoot of the 'Marchesa Casati' characterised by Tilda Swinton and incisively portraited by Judith Watt.
A beautiful response to the muse that the Marchesa has left as her legacy styled by Mattias Karlsson inspires and provokes- twenty two years after her death.
Truly a rarified bird of her time, who would mirror her attitude now?
There's a glimpse of her unique persona in Tilda Swinton, Amanda Harlech, Anna Piaggi, the late Isabella Blow, spotted in Sonia Rykiel, or in the eyes of Mapplethorpes portraits of Patti Smith with a haunted look prevailing throughout all his shots of her. There's a whiff of her in Florence, in Helena Bonham-Carter of Bjork too I feel.
An enigmatic woman, self styled and innately so, she continues to inspire ( Galliano famously mused her in s/s 98 )
Take a peek at the autumn/winter Acne paper, its a feast!
Edna Wode