If your clothes tell a story of who you are, then Courtney Love’s closet has a tale that is worth telling. As the first lady of the 90s grunge scene known for both music and fashion, the singer, songwriter, and actress has a career that spans four decades, and an incredible closet that has evolved along the way. Love has recently edited, along with the help of celebrity stylist Anastasia Walker, a collection of special pieces to be included in a special online sale with designer consignment website, Heroine. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will benefit Stand For Courage, a non-profit anti-bullying program founded by Love’s sister, Nicole Jon Sievers.
Stand for Courage (SFC) has taken on the task of bullying prevention by working to disrupt and end the cycle of bullying. In a unique approach, the program advocates focusing not on the bully nor the targeted victim, but the bystanders, SFC galvanizes and emboldens bystanders to safely move into action: distracting, diverting, and ultimately de-escalating bullying behaviors. The program shows that when bystanders get involved, it is important as a society that we stand up for them. In doing so we can collectively put an end to the destructive behavior.
In a recent interview with Elle Magazine about her upcoming sale, Love was asked about her own experience with being bullied.
“You’re partnering with your sister’s foundation, Stand For Courage, which helps stop bullying in schools. Did you get bullied as a kid?
Are you kidding? Of course, I did. I’ve dealt with a lot of bullying, and my siblings have all had experiences with it, too–all of us were bullied in some way or another. My sister Nicole wants to eradicate that with teens and younger kids. It’s timely. It’s good. It also affects #metoo and because the fact that [#metoo] is still happening and still being perpetuated, that sucks. There’s a need for this right now.”
— COURTNEY LOVE, ELLE MAGAZINE
As you can imagine, the media and fashion communities are in a frenzy about Love’s iconic clothing hitting a resale market. Love has chosen 43 pieces from her personal collection, including dresses by Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and Marc Jacobs. Jacobs designed his 1993 collection for Perry Ellis after Love and her husband, the late Kurt Cobain, considered a shocking move for the preppy label at the time. Jacobs collection inspired by the grunge movement’s most famous muses was credited with introducing the style of Love and Cobain to the masses, although the collection resulted in Jacobs’ firing from Perry Ellis. Love and Cobain famously burned the pieces the designer sent to them, however, the collection itself was brought back by the designer by his namesake label in a reboot in 2018.
Shoppers will see also beautiful pieces from the likes of Saint Laurent, including the suit Love wore in the brand’s fall 2013 ad campaign shot by Hedi Slimane. Prices for the items will begin at $50 for T-shirts, going up to $1,300 for a McQueen gown straight off the runway and $1,400 for the Saint Laurent suit.
The Courtney Love Closet Sale will take place on Heroine beginning on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at 12 noon EST.
Read more about SFC from Vanguard Seattle in our article, Stand for Courage: A fresh Approach to Social Accountability.