If you didn’t already know that Tilda Swinton has a deep connection to David Bowie, you probably won’t be shocked to learn that it’s true. “He just looked like me and looked like someone from the same planet as me,” the 61-year-old actress said. said once The daily beast about the first images of the late rock legend. So we’re probably not making the risky assumption that Swinton’s well-tailored sky blue suit stepped out Thursday night for a gala screening of his movie. The Eternal Daughter intentionally channeled Bowie’s style.
The suit’s loose silhouette and decidedly wide spikes were very on-trend (Hollywood stars and models can’t seem to tired of big pants lately), but there was something unmistakably Bowie about it all. The late singer seemed to have a fondness for a pale blue suit; he wore it most memorably in the Mick Rock-directed music video for his 1971 single “Life On Mars” (the same as Jessica Lange paid a memorable tribute to on an episode of American Horror Story: Monster Show). Swinton’s costume looks about as good as a tribute. Of course, the actor opted out of the shocking blue eyeshadow and bright red mullet that Bowie wore, but his pink lip was a nod to his look as well.
Bowie would return to suits in this color scheme time and time again throughout his life. If we had to guess, perhaps Swinton’s biggest inspiration was Bowie’s 1983 serious moonlight round. Swinton’s hair certainly seems to match the vibe.
Swinton was finally able to meet and work with his idol, and the feeling that the two looked alike was mutual. Swinton appeared in two Bowie music videos, including a in which the couple played a role-swap couple. At one point they even dressed like the other.
The film Swinton was celebrating the night she donned the costume is deeply personal and the result of her bond with another British designer: director Joanna Hogg. In the arty horror flick, Swinton plays both the titular character and his elderly mother – further proof of his uncanny shape-shifting abilities.