Tilda Swinton Reveals Her Fashion Inspirations

The Oscar-winning actress tells W Magazine her style icons are David Bowie and her own father.

Perhaps it's no surprise that Tilda Swinton, known as one of the most avant-garde style icons in the business, has been inspired by the fashion of David Bowie for years.

But as the androgynous beauty — star of the upcoming film, We Need to Talk About Kevin — tells W Magazine in its August issue, her father's wardrobe has had a big impact on her as well.

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"From childhood, I remember more about [my father’s] black patent, gold livery, scarlet-striped legs, and medal ribbons than I do of my mother's evening dresses," she said of her 86-year-old dad, Major-General Sir John Swinton, who is a former commander of the Queen's Household Division in London.

"I would rather be handsome, as he is, for an hour than pretty for a week," added the actress, whose photo spread in the magazine portrays her as an albino alien come to earth.