Tilda Swinton’s Neon Yellow Hair in Venice Holds a Deeper Meaning

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Nobody has a red-carpet presence quite like Tilda Swinton. With her otherworldly beauty and her playful eye for elegant, avant-garde designs, there’s a reason she’s become an enduring muse to filmmakers and fashion designers alike. But today in Venice, while she was attending a photo call to promote her new film The Eternal Daughter, her look held a deeper meaning.

At the photocall for *The Eternal Daughter*

"The Eternal Daughter" Photocall - 79th Venice International Film Festival

At the photocall for *The Eternal Daughter*
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At the film’s press conference, Tilda Swinton wore a blue Loewe button-up and dyed her signature crop bright yellow. The color scheme was an intentional nod to the two-toned flag of Ukraine (wherein the blue denotes a blue sky and the yellow a wheat field), which continues to serve as a symbol of freedom and independence for the Ukrainian people. “It’s my honor to wear half of the Ukrainian flag,” said Swinton at a press conference earlier today.

At the premiere of *The Eternal Daughter*

"The Eternal Daughter" Red Carpet - 79th Venice International Film Festival

At the premiere of *The Eternal Daughter*
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Later in the evening, at the film’s premiere, Swinton’s newly fluoro flaxen dye job proved to be just as striking in a more formal setting. She wore a sequined cornflower blue Haider Ackermann gown, and her lengths were swept up into a sculptural faux-hawk.

Swinton’s impactful message also comes on the heels of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky’s virtual cameo at the Venice Film Festival’s opening ceremony, during which he asked actors and filmmakers in attendance to speak out against the war. Marrying her innate, idiosyncratic beauty with a powerful political statement, Swinton proved once again that her looks can always command attention—but especially when it counts the most.

At the premiere of *The Eternal Daughter*

"The Eternal Daughter" Red Carpet - 79th Venice International Film Festival

At the premiere of *The Eternal Daughter*
Photo: Getty Images

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