Tilda’s Cloakroom

Tilda Swinton in Cloakroom Photo: New Press Photo / Splash News

Tilda Swinton in Cloakroom Photo: New Press Photo / Splash News

Tilda Swinton’s latest role: a piece of performance art in which she interacts – and chats – with coats.  The actress is the star of Cloakroom, which is being staged at the Pitti Uomo menswear show in Florence, Italy.  The 90-minute performance sees Swinton taking clothes that have been checked in by audience members on arrival, and treating them as her co-stars. She nuzzled a red mohair coat, buried her face in a suit jacket and had a conversation with a gilet.

Interaction with the clothes involved “studying them, caressing them – she licked the floral lining and at least one button of someone’s blazer – and even chatting to them. ‘She’s not even here,’ she reassured a pompom scarf, and later, to a jacket, ‘Don’t be silly!’”

The show is the brainchild of Olivier Saillard, a fashion critic and historian, with whom Swinton has collaborated in the past.  It has a serious point to make about our relationship with clothes and the role they play in our lives – an antidote to “fast fashion”. Swinton told i-D magazine she was interested in “the soul of clothes”.

The show is the brainchild of Olivier Saillard (Splash)

The show is the brainchild of Olivier Saillard (Splash)

She said: “The more I do this piece, the more I realise it’s about making relationships. We all have relationships with an old jersey that people have told us to throw out, but we’re not going to because you know what? You’ve got a very strong relationship with that thing.”  Asked if she disliked fast fashion, Swinton replied: “I don’t even really know what it is. I’m pretty slow in every department.”

Source: Telegraph UK

Pretty Clothes, Ugly Reality

Following January’s violent crackdown on Cambodian garment workers, a group of women decided they wanted a new way to draw attention to the workers’ struggle; something different where workers could express for themselves what was really going on.

They decided on a fashion show where workers would model the brand-name clothes they make everyday in the factories, but they’d do it with a very clear message to the brands – stop the violence, stop the exploitation and pay a decent wage. The show weaved together fashion, dance, music, and performance art; at one point men dressed in makeshift ‘Joe Fresh’ riot gear took to the catwalk before reenacting January’s violent crackdown and the death of a worker on stage. For more information on how Cambodian garment workers are draw attention to their rights, click here.
Garment workers recover after 100 women fainted at Sabrina Garment factory - a supplier of Nike and Lululemon.
Photograph: Garment workers recover after 100 women fainted at Sabrina Garment factory – a supplier of Nike and Lululemon.  Filthy Rebena is committed to fighting for a living wage for Cambodian garment workers.  We are lucky enough to have sexy and savvy customers that make the conscious choice to purchase garments from Filthy Rebena as 5% of their purchase goes to “Labour Behind The Label”.   Labour Behind The Label is an organization that supports the principle of a living wage for garment workers world wide.  Together we can make a difference in the lives of Cambodian workers.

Source: Heather Stilwell