Esquire contact sheets, shot by Christian Witkin, 1997.
Lot’s of ink has been spilled and words waxed poetic about how cool Chloë Sevigny is. She’s the off the grid it-girl, not entire tabloid fodder nor cult figure. She exists in her own space as she defines it, so I guess with that mind set all else falls into place. She’s cool because she decides for herself. Her career is varied, from the beginnings as a beloved intern at Sassy to Harmony Korrine’s 1995 movie Kids to Miu Miu campaigns to Oscar nominations for her performance in Boys Don’t Cry and everything in between. She’s obviously a style icon also, but I feel if there’s anything to take from the way she dresses, it’s not the specific clothes themselves but the way she wears them. If you have that kind of attitude you can wear anything, as she does. A while ago it was announced that Chloë was releasing a photo book of images from her life with Rizzoli to be officially released next week. Too eager to get my hands on a copy, I preordered it and it arrived earlier than scheduled, so I couldn’t keep it to myself (I’m such a fan girl that my sister went to Chloë’s book signing in New York and surprised me on FaceTime, so I can officially say I’ve virtually met Chloë Sevigny) . The book is a mix of glossy versions of the iconic Chloë photos we see splashed across the internet time and time again, alongside magazine covers (Purple, Self Service, etc.), fashion campaigns, fan mail, magazine clippings and other ephemera, as well as personal photos never before seen. The book was inspired by a “Chloë Stylebook” she came across in Japan and she decided to reclaim the idea. The book is hardly a style guide, though there is much to be gleamed in that sense, but more like a very neatly collected scrapbook. The life and times of the coolest girl in the world.
(L) Central Park, NYC, photo by Mary Frey, 1997. (R) With Larry Clark on the set of the X-Girl fashion shoot, photo by Lila Lee, 1994.
(L) At the Imitation of Christ fashion show, photo by Henry McGee, 2000. (R) At the Academy Awards, photo by Janine Sevigny, 2000.
Jalouse Magazine, photo by Nicolas Hidiroglou, 2002.
(L) Italian Vogue, photo by Glen Luchford, 2004. (R) Italian Vogue, photo by Inez and Vinoodh, 2003.