12:01 am - 04/06/2013

Chloë Sevigny’s ’90s Nostalgia

The 1990s are back. They’re on the runway in shades of Hedi Slimane’s new collection for Saint Laurent, the year 1993 is the singular subject of a new show at New York’s New Museum, and punk will be the subject of a sweeping show at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute this spring.

And where there’s a ’90s revival, Chloë Sevigny is never far away. Now, in a “takeover” of the über-cool video site Nowness, Sevigny—practically the poster child of ’90s irreverence—releases two never-before-seen videos of herself as a fresh-faced actress in the early years of the decade.

The first film, Surface, is a home movie shot by Michael Cleary and styled by Alister Mackie in Mackie’s London apartment. In the footage, filmed soon after she completed filming for the cult-classic Kids. Sevigny wears an Yves Saint Laurent Le Smoking and Chanel jewels as she robotically ticks through her to-do list. “Get some fresh air…water the plants…try and get some more Valium.”

“The inspiration for the film was really Chloë herself,” Mackie told Nowness. “The anti-fashion aesthetic and deconstructed finishes…it was the last really revolutionary period in fashion where things actually changed.”

In 1995, Sevigny starred in X-Girl, a short film directed by Phil Morrison and made for designer Kim Gordon’s mid-’90s line that bore the same name. The film is a winding but hilarious window in her world, featuring a bowl cut and a "Marc Jacobs situation."

Chloë Sevigny's 90s Throwback: Part Two on Nowness.com.

(Video won't embed, watch at the source.)

As Christopher Bollen wrote of Sevigny in Interview in 2008 (PDF): she “has been her generation’s heroine, fashion icon, and girl-on-the-edge,” all wrapped into one.


grammaire 6th-Apr-2013 04:37 am (UTC)
I miss Big Love so fucking much.
mammary_glands 6th-Apr-2013 04:43 am (UTC)
PERFECT first comment. you're gonna make me cry.
liferule91 6th-Apr-2013 04:57 am (UTC)
word but ngl i hated her character's personality like 90% of the time.
morgan90 6th-Apr-2013 04:42 am (UTC)
She's become such a parody of herself
lipsticktraces 6th-Apr-2013 04:49 am (UTC)
i used to be here for her until that time she cried over having to wear a fake penis. mess.
liferule91 6th-Apr-2013 04:58 am (UTC)
i just recently watched Kids and holy shit I think if id seen it in middle/high school id have been scarred.
hey_jealousy 6th-Apr-2013 05:07 am (UTC)
yeah i watched kids and requiem for a dream one saturday in high school and it fucked me UP.
bad_situation 6th-Apr-2013 05:46 am (UTC)
Woah that really would though. I almost feel like they should be required viewing.
shantayustay 6th-Apr-2013 06:00 am (UTC)
We watch "Kids" in my 9th grade English summer school class. We had to write a report.

If that movie was shown in school in any form now... OMG I don't even want to imagine that shit.
xtinkerbellax 6th-Apr-2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
I sometimes feel like I must be numb because these movies don't affect me like that lol, Requiem is actually one of my faves and I've seen it dozens of times.
shahoney 6th-Apr-2013 05:33 am (UTC)
i'd seen it as an adult, and it still scarred me
shantayustay 6th-Apr-2013 05:57 am (UTC)
It was a BFD in 1995/1996. I had the only copy of Kids in my middle school and I distributed that shit all over.

My mom said it was better for me to watch that movie then doing what those kids were doing IRL.

Sad to say, a lot of my friends at that time were like the movie or worse. :(

Edited at 2013-04-06 05:58 am (UTC)
vzylexy 6th-Apr-2013 08:45 am (UTC)
I remember almost renting it at a video store when it came out. "Hey, this movie is called 'Kids'! Looks like fun!"
winter_lace 6th-Apr-2013 05:04 am (UTC)
I won't lie. I'm wearing a flanny right fucking now.
ascot_gavotte 6th-Apr-2013 05:37 am (UTC)
that middle school boy haircut tho
carminaburana 6th-Apr-2013 05:38 am (UTC)
Aw X-Girl. I remember that store. The Beastie Boys had X-Large next door.

Edited at 2013-04-07 12:27 am (UTC)
xgirldc 11th-Apr-2013 06:56 am (UTC)
tears! i am just seeing this. makes me so happy anyone else knew what it was. :)
carminaburana 12th-Apr-2013 02:32 pm (UTC)
Yes! I hadn't thought about the store in a long time until i saw this post. I used to go to the LA branch on La Brea or Vermont (i think) circa 1993-94 (and wish i kept my X-Girl stuff from back then).

Did you see this, bb? I came across it while reminiscing via google. LOL http://www.papermag.com/arts_and_style/2012/08/an-oral-history-of-x-girl.php
shantayustay 6th-Apr-2013 05:56 am (UTC)
I love her and I miss the 90's. :/
shantayustay 6th-Apr-2013 06:01 am (UTC)
Fuck yeah! I would still wear X-Girl.
xgirldc 11th-Apr-2013 06:57 am (UTC)
i still do! :)
abcdlovelife 6th-Apr-2013 06:33 am (UTC)
ngl im obsessed with the 80's and 90's rn
prophecypro 6th-Apr-2013 07:37 am (UTC)
This seems kinda cool, at the same time nostalgia seems more forced than ever and I loved the 90s like most people my age but at the same time people romantisized certain aspect of it too much.
michelleantonia 6th-Apr-2013 09:29 am (UTC)
I had an x-girl tshirt I wore into the ground. I threw it out a bunch of years ago because it was torn. I bet had I held onto it, I could sell it even in all its rattyass glory for like $100
slacker_chic 6th-Apr-2013 02:20 pm (UTC)
I always want to say the 90's were the best but I refrain because I don't want to sound like one of those snobby douches that think their generation was all superior and shit
existential 6th-Apr-2013 02:37 pm (UTC)
nostalgia is awesome. i hate ppl that get mad when other ppl gush about stuff from childhood...do u have no soul lol i wore my duck tales sweatershirt to work yesterday and even the 8th graders i was subbing for knew about duck tales. i was so happy :)
xtinkerbellax 6th-Apr-2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
Same, I don't see the problem.
bellwetherr 6th-Apr-2013 03:52 pm (UTC)
except chloe is the absolute worst.
dazzleships 6th-Apr-2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
zeppelina She also likes 1992...6th-Apr-2013 10:30 pm (UTC)
zeppelina Re: She also likes 1992...6th-Apr-2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
That didn't work like I was hoping...
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