I’ve gone through many phases along with my characters—sometimes un-flattering, sometimes totally unrecognizable. There’s never been a straight line of evolution. You’ll see this in my retrospective opening in June at London’s National Portrait Gallery. I used to want to blend into the crowd when I was younger, like I disappear into my work. But now I’m more drawn toward being a bit flashy if the opportunity presents itself.
I wear a lot of color and mixed prints from Prada, Marni, and Zero + Maria Cornejo. I dress very casually in the daytime but prefer longer dresses when I go out.
My biggest splurge is jewelry. I like the idea of art being a small wearable object, as opposed to the usual giant scale that signifies value. So I have several special pieces from Repossi, Verdura, and Codognato.
I’m more prone to wear flats than pumps, but I also like chunky heels and platforms. Simone Rocha wingtips are one of my go-to’s.
I’m always changing my handbag. Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Celine are a few of my favorites.
My favorite accessory is my Apple Watch. It’s the one thing I don’t have to think about.
I can’t remember one good piece of style advice I’ve ever received. Either I’ve never asked for any or I’ve never gotten any.
The women in my life who most influenced my personal style are the housewives I saw on TV and in ads during my childhood. It wasn’t always a positive influence.
Overall I’d say my personal style is unconventional and somewhat boyish. Of course, I also ironically play with femininity and makeup. Michèle Lamy is one of my style icons for being edgy and fearless. I also love Michelle Obama because she supports younger designers and is always sophisticated.
My one beauty essential is eye cream, as my skin is so dry. I’m not really bound to any one brand, as long as I’m not allergic to it.
Perfume doesn’t really stay on my skin. But I love Narciso Rodriguez for Her and Superstitious, Alber Elbaz’s fragrance collaboration with Frédéric Malle.
Art and flowers are my favorite gifts to give. They are also my favorite gifts to receive.
My favorite destination in the world is my home. Wherever it is. I have no rules.
I also have no weekend ritual. For artists, there isn’t one.
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Cindy Sherman's retrospective will be showing at the National Portrait Gallery in London from June 27—September 15.