Deitch Projects and Bowery Ballroom. January 8, 2009. By Mike Vilensky and Charlotte Cowles
Why do you get naked for photo shoots?
“Lately, no one ever wants me to wear clothes, so I take them off. ”
Marc Jacobs takes his clothes off a lot.
“If more people had a body like Marc, there would be a lot more nakedness.”
—Mary Alice Stephenson
How did you discover Sprouse?
“In a department store in Atlanta, Georgia. I begged my mother to buy it for me, but she only would buy me Ralph Lauren. More appropriate for the South.”
What do you carry in your handbag?
How is New York nightlife right now?
“New York nightlife goes through cycles. Right now, I don’t think there are any definitive, life-changing parties happening.”
—Geordan Nicol with Leigh Lezark
You went to college with Stephen Sprouse. What was he like?
“Everybody at RISD was a hippie, and he was very clean-cut. In a way, he was being a rebel already.”
How's the New York scene right now?
“Of course we don't have Andy Warhol and we never will again, but New York is very dynamic right now. The connections of fashion designers, artists, and musicians are all here.”
Were you ever a vandal?
“At Princeton, I carved my name into a table.”
This art is vandalism-inspired. Have you ever stolen?
“I want to steal everything! But I have never stolen. I was a good girl.”
— Donna Karan
Will the recession be good for art?
“It's gone so corporate. I'm sure it was much more depressed back in 1976, and yet it was amazing.” —Anna Sui
Are you worried about the economy?
“Right now we're in a depressing time, and art and music and everything benefits from recessions.”
Has cutting back because of the economy helped put things in perspective for you?
“I've always been in perspective. I used to be homeless.”
—Ice-T with Coco
What are your plans for Inauguration Day?
“I'm having friends over. I've ordered an Obama cake, and we're going to have Champagne and wine and an Obama drink: pineapple juice and vodka and soda.”