Editorial — Cover of the Month – November – The Room – issue 14

It hasn’t taken The Room that long to establish itself as central Europe’s premier luxury fashion and culture glossy. For anyone coming across it, it’s not difficult to see why. This bilingual Hungarian title applies the highest production values to its highly creative contributions to produce a fashion, culture and lifestyle magazine that is dripping with beautiful images and informative text.

The Room – issue 14 Photo: Péter Hapák. Styling: Ali Tóth & Anikó Virág

The Room – issue 14 Photo: Péter Hapák. Styling: Ali Tóth & Anikó Virág

The current issue finely exemplifies how it combines excellent and informative features of local creative talent in the region with content that is unquestioningly international. One need only see the stunning cover with the unmistakeable face of enigmatic actress, model and muse Tilda Swinton to see this.

Inside it delivers on its promise. Tilda Swinton is arguably one of the most unexpected international superstars. Anyone who saw her lying confined for endless hours within a glass vitrine – she literally was part of a piece of art- at the Edinburgh International Festival many moons ago and accurately predicted that she would eventually end up as a mainstream Hollywood star is either lying or a close friend. As those who know her well will tell you, there was always something inside Tilda that spoke of a ferocious commitment to her art.

The transition from cult actress and muse to the likes of lauded experimental filmmakers Derek Jarman and Sally Potter to Oscar-winning Hollywood actress happened for Tilda at a time in her life when most would have assumed the opportunity long past. If not many of us would have known, perhaps Tilda always did.

Even before then, the enigmatic and perhaps unlikely figure of Tilda Swinton, born of a long line of Anglo-Scots families that persistently appear in Who’s Who, had already captured the eye and imagination of the world’s leading designers, artists and creative media. And, it was only a matter of time before Tildamania would reach the heights that have propelled her undoubtedly into icon status.

In the current issue of The Room, Tilda gives a lengthy and intriguing interview to filmmaker Adam Baran on the eve of her new project: working with longtime friend and acclaimed Scottish film director Lynne Ramsay. But, there’s a lot more than just that project that gets covered; everything from literary musings to details of another upcoming project with legendary feminist filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger.

The interview is accompanied by the stunning photos of frequent collaborator with The Room, Péter Hapák. In them, the ever-arresting Tilda is styled by The Room’s  Ali Tóth & Anikó Virág in array of perfect fashion choices by the likes of Céline, Miu Miu and Jil Sander, amongst others.

The Room – issue 14 Photo: Péter Hapák. Styling: Ali Tóth & Anikó Virág

The Room – issue 14 Photo: Péter Hapák. Styling: Ali Tóth & Anikó Virág