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When outfits become an art form | Life

The creator of the matchwithart Instagram account offers Internet users the opportunity to discover the current exhibitions by associating her outfits with the works of her choice. — Photo via Instagram/Matchwithart

PARIS, January 12 — Fashion designers have long been inspired by the creations of the world’s greatest artists and architects to create their collections. And sometimes the clothes themselves are works of art in their own right.

And Tilda Swinton, who’s never far from what’s cutting edge in the creative world, is at the heart of a project that maps such an intersection through landmark-like outfits. We explain.

Tilda Swinton is known for her edgy style, combining androgynous looks with architectural silhouettes. Something that clearly did not escape the expert eye of journalist and designer Jude Atwood.

He dedicated a Twitter thread to the British actress’ most extravagant outfits, comparing them to libraries like the one at Texas Southern University in Houston.

This college building looks remarkably like a lilac Haider Ackermann ensemble that Tilda Swinton wore to the Golden Globes in 2012.

Another example features a portrait of the award-winning actress photographed by Peter Hapak for TIME reviewed in 2011.

In the image, she wears a royal blue coat that may remind bibliophiles of the public library in Stuttgart. That’s good, since this futuristic building with a sleek design, designed by Yi Architects, was inaugurated the same year.

Several internet users and libraries joined in, posting their own contributions to the thread started by cartoonist Jude Atwood on December 7.

The Lawrence Public Library in Kansas compared itself to a brassy outfit worn by Tilda Swinton on the cover of Candy magazine.

Staff at the Herman B Wells Library in Indiana, on the other hand, think their building looks suspiciously similar to the monochrome beige look worn by the actress in the film. strange doctor.

Just a step between fashion and art

For Jude Atwood, the popularity of his yarn highlights just how sharp the architecture of some public buildings can be.

As sharp as Tilda Swinton’s style, which fashion publications and celebrities have repeatedly praised over the years. “Celebrities, even independent celebrities, wear a lot of different outfits; many famous people are never photographed in the same clothes twice,” he said AD magazine. “Civic architecture around the world is much more outraged than most people realize; even some small town libraries have very nice design elements.

Fashion designers have long drawn inspiration from the art world to infuse energy into their collections. Yves Saint Laurent paid homage to Piet Mondrian in his fashion house’s 1965 Autumn-Winter collection, while Kim Jones recently reinvigorated Dior’s menswear line with references to Ghanaian painter Amoako Boafo. These hybrid approaches have the advantage of making culture more accessible, while adding artistic value to fashion.

The creator of the Instagram account @matchwithart has given herself the same mission. She invites her followers to discover the exhibitions of the moment by associating her outfits with the works of her choice. For example, she chose a colorful dress to “blend” in with the abstract painting “Net-Grid” by Malaysian artist Mandy El-Sayegh. Art lovers will be able to discover it until January 15 at the Thaddaeus Ropac gallery, as part of the “Figure One” exhibition. If you go, be sure to pay special attention to what you’re wearing. — Studio ETX