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Tilda Swinton: Stylists are a fantasy

Published 18/11/2011 | 09:38

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 26: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Tilda Swinton attends artist Sandro Kopp's exhibition for the Istancool Festival by Liberatum and Istanbul'74 on May 26, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 26: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Tilda Swinton attends artist Sandro Kopp's exhibition for the Istancool Festival by Liberatum and Istanbul'74 on May 26, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
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Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton thinks personal stylists are "just a fantasy".

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The British actress is famed for her unique androgynous style, which is purely her own vision. Tilda doesn’t understand why stars have their own personal stylists to dress them.

"You mean there’s somebody in your hotel room who actually takes your clothes out of a suitcase and lays them out for you," she mused in an interview with Stylist.com.

"Really? Or is that just a fantasy. There is nobody in my suitcase, but myself, I can tell you that."

Tilda says it’s a different story when she’s on a film set, however. She puts complete trust in the costume designer.

The 51-year-old is currently starring in We Need to Talk About Kevin, which is based on the best-selling book by Lionel Shriver. Tilda plays a mother who recounts the events leading up to and following her son’s massacre of students and teachers at his high school.

"Costuming is a huge part of getting into character," she explained. "The costuming is like the look of the person and you have to get the information across really fast about who this person is.

"Katherine George [the costume designer] had a very tough job with my character because my character ages over 15 years and so she like had to nail the development of this woman for over 15 years and we had a blast doing it."

Tilda stars alongside Ezra Miller in the Lynne Ramsay-directed film. The actor – who plays Tilda’s son - also has his own preferences when it comes to fashion.

"I only wear thrift store stuff and hand me downs,” he revealed.

"See the textiles industry, designed and branded as it is, glorious and glamorous, it is actually a very bloody industry, every time I do consumer research into a given line of clothing you eventually get to something in the manufacturing of the clothes themselves, that happened in a far off place lacking human rights and environmental protection parameters.

"It’s essentially that I don’t want to spend my money. I don’t want to put it into an industry that is essentially doing wrong.”

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