With a massive, bulbous art installation hovering overhead and an entire contemporary art museum stationed behind her, Grimes wasn’t the only one vying for attention during her performance at the Savannah Stopover music festival on Friday. It didn’t seem to matter; every single eye was on her, mouthing along as the Canadian musician went through her ethereal-electro set.
In just two short years Grimes (who goes by Claire Boucher when offstage) has been crowned the next great indie hope, releasing her debut album Visions to critical acclaim earlier this year. The fashion world’s caught on, too—she attended the Chris Benz presentation and had one of her songs soundtrack the Zac Posen show in February. They’ve honed in on a good one, since Boucher is game for just about anything, clothing-wise. “I usually switch everything up every year. Music, too—every album I’ve made is a different style,” explained Boucher.
For this particular show, she performed on a stark-white staircase wearing a half-sheer, floor-length dress. “I didn’t realize when I went onstage, but this is not easy to move in,” said Boucher, adding, “I’m not wearing underwear, and the dress was riding up, so the whole show I was like, ‘I’m going to flash the audience! Don’t fall down!” Thankfully there were no fashion mishaps. Here, Boucher goes through the details of her look—and why she’s bringing back “super-military ballet chic.”
Outfit breakdown: Some designer in L.A. called Dust and Drag left this with my tour manager after my show and I was saving it for a sick show, because it’s crazy. The hood is the best part. Someone stole my shoes in Seattle—I always kick my shoes off when I’m playing, and someone took them—so I had to get these ones in a thrift store in L.A. for $2. My friend, Morgan Black, made these rings.
I brought this outfit on tour because: someone gave it to me on tour, so it was with me by default—but it’s sick!
My personal style is: more casual, but I would wear this to a Christmas dinner with my parents. I wear a lot of Complex Geometries stuff, which is very similar to this just in terms of [being] a really weird cut and really flow-y. When you’re playing onstage, the key is to get something that looks like it’s fashionable, but actually you could sleep in it.
If this outfit were one of my songs, it would be: “Genesis” because it’s a church-y song…ethereal.
I always pack: a jacket, because I sleep in it. This indicates how ghetto my life is, but I put the jacket over me and sleep in the fetal position and breathe into it to make it feel warm. That’s why I always get windbreakers, because they insulate.
You’d never catch me onstage wearing: anything too tight around the waist. Whenever I’ve borrowed something or worn something that’s tight around the waist, you go to sing and you’re like, [makes a gasping sound]. But I would probably wear almost anything onstage, given the appropriate circumstances. Like, if I was playing at a pool, I would wear a bathing suit.
I have: two suitcases on tour with me right now—the band hates me. I just want options! And you don’t have to do laundry very much. Also, I’ve acquired a lot of stuff; all my best stuff, people have given me.
My pre-tour shopping stop is: Fripe-Prix Renaissance. It’s the only place I shop in Montreal.
The best on-the-road purchase I ever made was: my fucking army jacket! I got it in Vancouver in a thrift store, and every day on the tour I’ve worn this [with] short-shorts and big boots. This is my thing—I’m bringing back camo. I want super-military ballet chic. Like, buns and leotards and camo and military boots. It’s a new era; I’m getting less elf and more military.