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The "impossibility" of clothes seems to have a hold on the headier exhibition curators among us. First, the Met put on "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations." And now, half way around the world in Paris' Palais de Tokyo museum, Tilda Swinton is wearing a lab coat and nude heels while walking garments from the archives of the Paris' Galliera down the runway 56 times. The performance in called "The Impossible Wardrobe" and the curator Olivier Saillard chose Swinton because her hair and complexion are the closest thing to a blank slate he could find. He told the New York Times, "She is like a pedestal for our collection." And what's the collection? Oh, just articles of clothing formerly owned by the Duchess of Windsor, Brigitte Bardot, and ... Napoleon Bonaparte. No big deal. [T]