My aunt gave me a Herrand bunny when I was little and since then my mom and my brother often give me them as gifts. My boyfriend, who is a little shabby looking, had to go into the WASPiest store in Manhattan to get this for me. It’s a place called Scully & Scully. I love that he picked out a pink lamb.
I collect the little place settings they put down at dinners and awards shows and stuff. I like this one because it was misspelled. It was at a Whitney Museum gala.
This is from the first time I ever shot a gun. It was a .22 rifle. This was at like 30 feet. My first two shots are in the same spot!
My friend Lily Ludlow is a painter and sculptor. She made a series of animal masks. She was kind of a starving artist—pretty broke and down on her luck. I wanted to support her, so I bought this one. I always loved Little Red Riding Hood. The teeth in there are carved out of wood.
MARLENE DIETRICH PHOTO
For my 30th birthday one of my best friends, Tara, gave me a pair of gloves that Marlene Dietrich had owned. This autographed photo came with them. I like how mysterious she was and how she slayed men and women both. When my brother first saw this, he thought it was a photo of me. I wish!
I bought these at Trash & Vaudeville. I used to go there when I was a teenager. I had wingtip steel-toed Doc Martens. Just the shoes. I couldn’t afford the boots.
Out of the Blue is one of the best movies ever. When we were making Gummo, I asked Linda Manz, the star of Out of the Blue, if she still had that little Elvis jacket she wore in it. She did, and she sold it to me. This is one of my favorite things in the world.
Halloween is my favorite holiday, so this year my boyfriend and I went to the Lizzie Borden house in Fall River, Massachusetts. It’s a bed and breakfast now. The hosts told us we could stay in the room where Mrs. Borden was murdered, but I said “No!” We ended up staying in Mr. and Mrs. Borden’s bedroom. Even that was incredibly scary. I barely slept at all.
GRATEFUL DEAD PIN
When I was in high school, I was really into hippie boys. They were so furry. I’ve been to about 80 Dead shows. My favorite record is Workingman’s Dead because of the song “Black Peter,” but I have lots of live tapes too!
Once a big fashion house flew me to Paris so I could go to their show. They put me up at the Ritz. This was one of the trinkets I stole from there. It’s a nailbrush. I thought it was funny that it was plastic. I stole a towel too.
GIRL WITH SNAKE CERAMIC
This is by Herrand too. I found her in an antique shop near Gramercy Park. I love the look on her face. It’s this perfect mix of pain and ecstasy.
My mom got these for me at a thrift store in Connecticut. I used to wear them all the time and I got made fun of in all the tabloids for them. Finally my publicist and my agent conference-called me and asked me to never wear them again. But then in Star or something they had a whole page of celebrities wearing white sunglasses and then a photo of me saying “she did it first” or something like that. I was totally vindicated.
This is a Keane doll, but she reminds me of the Little Match Girl in the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. That is one of my favorite stories. If you don’t know it, look it up.
I was always really into Fassbinder. I knew this little boy Jordan from around town and he made me this. I wore it out a few times, but I got too many weird looks for the swastikas on there.
SONIC YOUTH SHIRT
I got this at the Salvation Army on Spring Street in 1994. Kim and Thurston lived around the corner from there and I had this daydream that this had been his shirt.
These are boots that Balenciaga gave me as a gift. I asked Nicholas Ghesquire for them. They hurt like crazy—they are five-inch heels—but I wore them out every night when I got them. Then one night I was leaving Smiths night and a friend of mine and I were play-fighting in the street. I took a dive in these and bashed my face on the ground. I broke my four front teeth. They’re all veneered now. One is totally fake.