Tilda transforms to the legendary eccentric Edith Sitwell

Tilda Swinton is arguably the greatest chameleon of her generation—a woman who, despite her striking looks and almost regal presence, can remake herself, as she has for various films, into an old man, a glamorous fashion editor, a genderless angel, or a snowy white witch, with almost eerie seamlessness. Some of Swinton’s most shocking shapeshifting, however, has had nothing to do with the movies. Over the past few years, Swinton and the ­photographer Tim Walker have channeled an ever-growing cast of intriguing historical figures—the collector and philanthropist ­Dominique de Menil, the artist Leonora Carrington, the poet and patron Edward James, the all-around genius David Bowie—in a gorgeously surreal series of photographs for W.

Read the entire article at W Magazine.

Photographer: Tim Walker, stylist: Sara Moonves, hair: Malcolm Edwards, makeup: Lynsey Alexander.

More pictures at the Tilda Swinton photo gallery!

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