Chloe Sevigny talks about the resurgence of the ’90s culture she helped popularize in a new interview with Elle magazine. Read an excerpt after the jump.
Is it weird to you that Millennials are obsessed with ‘90s fashion?
It is weird, but also, I get it, because I felt that way about the ‘70s or the ‘80s, like, “I was born too late! I just missed out on the hardcore scene!” Everyone feels that way; everyone wishes they were in the scene that came before them, because you can idealize it. But I also think the kids who are really into the ‘90s now? I agree they might be a little more obsessed, a little more upset that they missed it. And I think it’s because, if you were a teenager or a 20-something in the ‘90s, you were the last generation of the pre-internet age. We were the last kids who didn’t have to worry about social media; we were the last kids who had to connect, physically, to music or fashion, because if we didn’t have a mixtape or a magazine, it wasn’t like you could just Google it. Right after us, that all changed. So there’s an innocence to it, at least for them—they feel like we’re a lost generation, maybe.
You’re famous for your epic wardrobe. Do you wear something once, and then pass it onto a friend, or are you a clothes hoarder?
I have an archive in Connecticut where I hold on to a lot of stuff. Hopefully I’ll have a daughter, or a son who has a wife that likes clothes. I don’t know why, but I hold onto outfits from almost every event I’ve ever gone to. And because I have my Opening Ceremony line, I save some things separately, in case I want them for inspiration.
How far back does your archive go? Do you have your X Girl clothes in there?
Oh yeah. I have lots of X Girl stuff, I have stuff from junior high—some Guess? and Esprit and Benetton street wear—and I also have my first communion dress.
As a certified fashion empress, please predict the next big trend from the street.
I never get to see anyone on the street because I live in Los Angeles! We all drive everywhere. But… I mean, besides babies in puppy suits, which needs to happen… Maybe mules. The shoe, not the animal. I see a return to mules.