Actress Chloë Sevigny on reliving the 1970s and finding the ultimate second-hand gems on Vestiaire Collective
When I was growing up, most of my clothes were second-hand. My mother would always take me thrifting. At a very early age, I became addicted to the thrill of the hunt. I remember finding my first Saint Laurent blouse in junior high school and seeing that it was made in France. That’s also why I love vintage. Access to the kind of things you would find in a thrift store opened a whole new world for me.
As a teenager I was obsessed with the 1970s. The fashion of Saint Laurent and the styles of Debbie Harry and the Ramones were everything to me. If I could choose any era to live in, I would go back to that decade: the political upheaval, punk, the birth of conceptual art and the wave of American filmmaking.
If you looked into my wardrobe today, you’d see a lot of black miniskirts, little cardigans, floral dresses – anything Gaultier, anything Margiela. I’m always buying denim and trying to find the perfect pair of jeans. I have so many jackets and blazers, too. There’s a 1940s blazer that I’m really into right now, which I wear with cropped jeans and white leather boots.
As I’ve got older, I guess my style has kind of cooled down a bit. I feel like I dress simpler now. I’m more comfortable in jeans and a turtleneck, whereas before there were a lot more bells and whistles.
I’m actually pretty frugal. I rarely break the £350 mark, which I think is quite conservative for an actress. I do have my eye on a vintage Chanel suit, which is just under £1,000, so that’s a pretty big purchase for me. It needs reworking but I feel it could have good re-sale potential.
Funnily enough, I’d never heard of Vestiaire Collective before I started working with them. But when they got in touch and proposed doing something together, I went onto their site and I was like, ‘Wow, this is like a really well curated eBay’. The photo shoot we did with fashion photographer Vanina Sorrenti was pretty fun. I’ve always adored her so it was great to work together on the project.
I love buying vintage because there’s more individuality to it. When I come to London, I like Rellik and One of a Kind, and I always go to Marks & Spencer to stock up on the full-cotton eighties-style underwear.