A R E YOU THER E , C HLOË ? IT ’ S ME , JUDY. Actress Chloë Sevigny talks to beloved author Judy Blume about fashion fetishes, coming of age, and her latest novel, ‘In The Unlikely Event’.
Judy Blume Chloë Sevigny: First things first, I need to ask you about your sweater fetish. Judy Blume: My sweater fetish? Do I have a sweater fetish? CS: I don’t know; do you? All of your characters are always wearing sweaters, and talking about them. In your new book, In The Unlikely Event, there’s the angora in the freezer and the drawer full of cashmere … JB: When I was growing up in the 1950s, sweaters were a huge thing. I always wanted to be a sweater girl, like the movie stars with big tits – which I never had. I wanted to look like Patti Page in a sweater and a bullet bra, with pointy breasts. Also, my mother and grandmother were both knitters, so when I first started to do publicity for my books years and years ago, I always wore one of my mother’s hand-knit sweaters whenever I went on TV, to please her – or at least to try to please her. CS: There is also a simplicity in your characters’ outfits. When I was a teen, I always wanted to dress like Davey, from Tiger Eyes. I had this idea of her in perfect jeans, a white button-down, and hiking boots. It seemed so pared down, I felt I was always forcing it with fashion, whereas your characters were always very simple. JB: Well, I like pretty things, but I don’t like to shop, so I kind of wish they would just appear in my closet. CS: So you’ve never really been that interested in fashion? JB: Oh, I have! I loved it. All those years I was a proper married – I don’t want to call it a “lady” – a proper married young woman with little children living in suburban New Jersey, I absolutely paid a lot of attention to what I wore. But my style really evolved after I left New Jersey and wound up in Santa Fe in the ’70s. That’s my favourite look. My kids went to high school there with Tom Ford. When he first went to Gucci I saw those collections and said, “Oh, my God, that’s all Santa Fe in the ’70s! That’s the look!” You know,
In The Unlikely Event
by Judy Blume