As far as we’re concerned, Sarah Sophie Flicker ~ star of The Sorceress (our latest collaboration with Shae DeTar) ~ is the grooviest woman in any room. She’s as nice as it gets, as creative as can be. She’s a dreamer and a doer with a dizzyingly dramatic flair for living. Her unique beauty and sense of style are infamous, and she navigates a colorful, of-her-own-creation career that encompasses everything from aerialist performance artist to founding member and creative director of The Citizens Band to director of award-winning PSAs that raise awareness for issues ranging from the environment to women’s rights. She’s an Editor-At-Large for Lula Magazine, a writer for HelloGiggles and Rookie Magazine, and a mother of three with husband Jesse Peretz (a director on HBO’s Girls). She’s a text message away from feminist, filmmaking and fashion icons like Lena Dunham, Miranda July, Petra Collins and Karen Elson. Even better, she manages it all in the most enviable array of theatrical headdresses…
How did The Citizens Band come to be?
We came together out of sheer frustration after the 2004 election. I’d always wanted to do a political cabaret and this moment just called for it. Incredibly, our core group of founders are still together 10 years later. We just keep on picking up members as we go. Some of the founders include Rain Phoenix, Karen Elson, Mark McAdam, Rachelle Garniez, Adam Crystal, Jorjee Douglass, Mike Jackson, Ian Buchanan ~ just a mind blowing talented group of comrades! Our newer members include Nina Persson, Zoe Kravitz, and Amanda Topaz.
What’s coming up next for the troupe?
We try to be most active around election cycles. The midterms are coming up and we’ve got some songs to sing and messages to relay! Now, more than ever, the midterm elections are crazy important. The worst draconian laws/policies are being passed on the local level. I’ll be working on this both with The Citizens Band and with Lady Parts Justice.
You’re contributing to a new book about the interiors of creative types. Can you tell us a little about it? When will it be released?
I was asked by my friend Kim Ficaro to write the forward for her book “The Inspired Home: Nests Of Creatives” (put out by Rizzoli). She also shot my old office for it. It’s a deeply beautiful book out in April.
Your vintage collection is legendary. What’s your secret to successful eBay shopping?
A lot of my stuff dates back to the salad days of vintage shopping: the 90′s! I cut my teeth in San Francisco vintage shops, back when you could get a Victorian tea dress for a song. Those days are over, but years spent around vintage taught me to know what to look for ~ even over the internet! For great vintage costumes, Halloween browsing is key. Beautiful old costumes go for pocket change in early fall.
You recently co-directed and appeared in a fashion film for Samantha Pleet. How do you approach the storytelling process of a project like this?
I work with Maximilla Lukacs on everything from fashion films to political PSA’s. With the more fantastical work, we usually start with images we love or a quote ~ something small and build up from there. With Samantha Pleet, she usually has a story she wants to tell. Samantha is a dream to work with because her vision is so clear and her drive is so passionate. She wanted to tell a story incorporating The Never Ending Story with Joan Of Arc! Naturally, this made a ton of sense to us. You can see the film HERE.
You’re a performer, writer, actress, activist, aerialist, director and absolute fashion icon! Creatively, what are you yearning to do that has not yet been a possibility?
Oh geez. I’d love to write a book or two. I get asked a lot about pregnancy, birth and parenting while maintaining a life as an artist. I have a lot to say on this topic. I suppose that may be my next challenge! In general, I’m just trying to keep my head above water with three kids. A big part of this is satisfying my own creative goals while being the best momma I can be. It’s a tricky tightrope walk, but feels so great in those moments where a balance is struck! (Ed. note: Sarah wrote a fantastic piece on this topic for HelloGiggles)When I get dressed in the morning, I think what character am I going to be today?
My greatest fashion moment was donning the crown my daughter made me for the births of her two younger brothers.
These days, the thing I most often wear is headdresses and this great fake fur coat from Topshop. I wish my answer was floaty see-through shifts….longing for spring!
Performing is when I feel the freest.
Modern art is democratic. At least one hopes that the internet has made it so!
Romance is hard won, but the most noble venture. Growing old with my husband & reveling in the life we created together.
I’ll never be organized // I want to be organized
My top beauty essential is sleep.
Every woman should own an eyelash curler (a great substitute for sleep!)
Every man should own soft t-shirts. So nice to lay one’s head on.
The coolest place I’ve ever been is Christiania in Copenhagen
My husband is my partner in all things. He meets me in the middle which I value deeply.
Right now, I’m obsessed with the NPR show “On Being” and vintage kimono fabric.
Vintage is honoring history and uniqueness.
Being a glamourai means fiercely owning your point of view. |SARAH SOPHIE FLICKER| wears a Gigi Burris fascinator, Zimmerman dress, vintage Zaldy bodysuit and Charlotte Olympia shoes |PHOTOGRAPHY| by Shae DeTar |STYLING| by Kelly Framel |MAKEUP| by Ana Sicat |CLICK HERE| for Part I of this story