Originally published in The Window, the magazine.
Photographs by Christian MacDonald.
The Window in print made its debut last week featuring cover star, Rebecca Dayan—a relative newcomer to the big screen with an artful history that crosses several creative genres.
A brief biography: After growing up in the south of France, Dayan moved to Paris, where she eventually went to art school, fashion school, and acting school. Her multi-disciplinary talents are almost maddeningly impressive—even more so because of the way she brushes them off. “I just studied everything I was interested in,” she shrugged.
After a stint at the design department at Sonia Rykiel, Dayan set out to pursue her dream of acting. “They had offered me a position [at Sonia Rykiel], and I said ‘No, I can’t do it. I don’t want to take someone’s spot that really wants to do this.’ I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t what I wanted to do,” she said. “I was in acting classes at the time, every night while I was working there, and I was basically waiting all day long to get there.”
Today, Dayan has credits ranging from Limitless, 2011’s Bradley Cooper-Robert De Niro thriller, to 2012’s Celeste & Jesse Forever, the smart indie rom-com written by Rashida Jones. “I stop thinking, and I stop worrying,” she said of acting. “And I stop looking at myself too much. You have to look into yourself as an actor, but it is in a more creative way.”
In fact, she seems anything but naval-gazing. Charming and quick to laugh (again, maddeningly, she laughs off the stereotype of effortlessly chic French style while embodying it at the same time), her warm, intimate disposition makes her completely approachable. And when she speaks about her art—she contributes work, often watercolors, to several magazines and is preparing an exhibition—it is clear that, as opposed to courting acclaim, she is painting for herself.
“It’s been kind of like my outfit,” Dayan said. “A lot of art now is about an idea or a concept—and I like that—but what I do is mainly sensorial. I’m happy to have achieved small things. I’m happy when I get a color just right.”
Read on for Rebecca’s style philosophy and picks from Barneys.com.
What I love most about fashion… is that it’s yet another creative outlet.
My personal style is… a bit schizophrenic. Boyish sometimes, very glamourous other times. Always some vintage.
My style inspiration comes from… Twin Peaks by day, Studio 54 by night.
When it comes to trends… I don’t particularly follow trends but I like the return of the ’90s.
I cannot live without… chocolate.
See below for a behind-the-scenes look at The Window magazine.