On a scale of 1 to 10, how uncomfortable is it to wear a corset?
It depends on how tight it is. . . . You can wear it at a level one or a level 10 the same way you can choose heels that are variable in terms of comfort. And, just like shoes, comfort can have more to do with the actual quality rather than the severity. I can wear my very best corsets made by Mr. Pearl or Dark Garden laced down to 16 inches for hours, but it’s torture to wear an ill-fitting, poorly made corset at any measurement. Made to measure by an expert makes all the difference!
What are your favorite clothing/lingerie stores . . . the ones you always go back to?
I never leave a Christian Louboutin shoe store disappointed, and the Chantal Thomass lingerie boutique in Paris is my favorite place to buy lingerie that fits perfectly and is beautiful. Marc Jacobs, Moschino and Zac Posen are always making clothes I love.
What do you feel most comfortable wearing?
Wearing clothing that suits my personality is comfortable. I prefer to wear skirts or dresses with great heels, and I like pants if they are well-tailored wide-leg trousers that Marlene Dietrich would have approved of. But when relaxing at home, I love to wear my long cashmere robe and mink slippers.
At what age did you become aware of the power of lingerie, or understand the importance of how to dress?
When I was a little girl of 6, I became obsessed with Technicolor musicals from the 1940s. I wanted to wear pretty dresses, hats with veils, garter belts and gloves. I just couldn’t understand why anyone would want to wear anything else! As for lingerie, it has always been connected less to sex and more to glamour, as I associated it with boudoir scenes in old movies than with anything sexual. Lingerie should be about indulging yourself in something decadent and beautiful. And besides, it’s sexiest when your lover “happens upon” your black silk garter belt rather than knowing you’re deliberately using it to seduce.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
Films, art and still photographs from the 1930s to the early 1950s. I also love reading about famous showgirls from the 1800s in Paris and other fabulous femmes from the past.
Is there anything in your closet that we would be shocked to see? Like a Raiders parka-something totally not your style?
Sure! I like to keep all kinds of things around. You never know when you’re going to need a cowboy hat (should the opportunity to ride a mechanical bull arise), and I like to keep some ridiculous and odd swimwear around for houseguests who decide on a whim that they want to swim in my 98-degree pool. But no sports-branded items of any kind are allowed in the Manson family household!