Walker Wednesday: W Magazine, October 2012

Alberta Ferretti top and gown (worn as a skirt)

Alberta Ferretti top and gown (worn as a skirt)

Tim Walker has an incredible talent to not only invoke the art of dress in every single photo shoot he does, but also the magic of dress–an undeniable characteristic in many of his most memorable spreads. Walker has an uncanny ability to transport his subjects–and viewers– to another time and place, one that champions dress as a defining element in an ethereal, surrealist dreamscape. Credit must also be given to stylist Jacob K who is responsible for selecting the ensembles that delight the majority of Walker’s work with W Magazine. For this October 2012 issue starring Jennifer Lawrence, Walker and Jacob K looked to Birds of Paradise for inspiration–and the Fall 2012 runways, of course.

Prabul Gurung gown

Prabul Gurung gown

Vivian Westwood Gold Label gown

Vivian Westwood Gold Label gown

Alexander McQueen gown

Alexander McQueen gown

Alberta Ferretti top and gown (worn as a skirt)

Alberta Ferretti top and gown (worn as a skirt)

 

Walker Wednesday: Stranger Than Paradise, W Magazine, May 2013

Francesco Scognamiglio dress

Francesco Scognamiglio dress

Is it any wonder that a collaboration between two avant-garde fashion darlings, photographer Tim Walker and actress Tilda Swinton, would result in the compelling, surrealist dreamscape of this W Magazine spread? Like Walker, Swinton has long been a proponent for the Art of Dress and many times over its living embodiment. Most recently, she has collaborated with Olivier Saillard, director of Paris’s Palais Galliera fashion museum, on a number of performance art pieces involving dress (more to come soon!). In this May 2013 spread for W, Swinton’s own body serves as the canvas for a stunning display of fashions styled by Jacob K. I’ve provided some of my favorites here, but be sure and check out the complete portfolio: http://www.wmagazine.com/people/celebrities/2013/05/tilda-swinton-tim-walker-las-pozas-cover-story-ss/photos/slide/1

Haider Ackermann shirt and trousers.

Haider Ackermann shirt and trousers.

Ann Demeulemeester dress; Cornelia James gloves.

Ann Demeulemeester dress; Cornelia James gloves.

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci dress; Cornelia James gloves.

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci dress; Cornelia James gloves.

Vera Wang Collection dress; Vicki Beamon lips and fingertips; Cornelia James gloves.

Vera Wang Collection dress; Vicki Beamon lips and fingertips; Cornelia James gloves.