Is there any movie star who has a more thrilling relationship with avant-garde fashion than Tilda Swinton? The actress is the star of a new short film directed by photographer Katerina Webb titled The Future Will Last a Very Long Time. Webb created the film during rehearsals for a live happening called The Impossible Wardrobe, which artist Olivier Saillard will stage during the Festival d'Automne à Paris, to be held at the Palais de Tokyo from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1.
In the film, which will be played on a loop during the happening, Swinton walks around the Musée Galliera's archives wearing a white lab coat and white gloves while holding some of the garments from its archives, including an item worn by Napoleon Bonaparte and a coat designed by Madeleine Vionnet. For added ghostly effect, the faces of the garments' wearers will be projected onto Swinton's image.
This is not Swinton's first experience with high-concept fashion. Many of her most memorable film roles — like the White Witch in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe or Emma Recchi in I Am Love — have required forward-thinking costumes. A look at Swinton's own impossible wardrobe here in the gallery — and in another fashion-focused short she created with Dazed & Confused, below.