Chloë Sevigny Is Preserving Her Wardrobe With a Legendary Archivist


Sevigny walking the spring 1996 Miu Miu show. Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images

Clauss came to the rescue. An archiving savant, Clauss worked in-house at Gucci under Tom Ford and was in charge of archiving collections. After 14 years, Clauss segued into working part-time for Ford and began to take on more clients, celebrities and private collectors, that had a range of brands from Marc Jacobs to Calvin Klein and Carolina Herrera.

Sevigny was in good hands. Clauss’s knowledge of clothing storage is unbeatable. During our call, she rattles off facts and tips, noting that the biggest mistake people make is leaving dry cleaning bags (“the plastic traps chemicals”) and that space-saving huggable hangers are a no-no (“It’s actually going to ruin the neck and shoulder line of your garment over time.”) For The Wardrobe’s clients, Clauss keeps a moth-free archival facility in Los Angeles that is quite literally museum-worthy. The space is outfitted with temperature and humidity controls and has air filtration.

Clauss and Sevigny worked to preserve some of the actor’s most recognizable pieces, which involved a trip to her storage unit in the actor’s home state of Connecticut. Some of Sevigny’s most touching items included her vintage blue T-shirt from Kids, a leather jacket with Elvis on the back that actor Linda Manz wore in Out of the Blue, and the beaded necklace that she wore in her widely-circulated and now Tumblr-fied senior portrait of high school.