September 19, 2005 London
The collection, it transpired, was the designer's mash note to Sissy Spacek in movies from Coal Miner's Daughter to Carrie to Badlands. His Sissy girls wore checked cotton smocks, Girl Scout uniforms, red denim overall dresses, and gawky little knits sequined with farmyard motifs. For prom, they'd worked dutifully on their home dressmaking patterns and came out wearing simple white frocks lovingly embellished with plastic beads.
Innocent yet gently spoofy, Jensen's love for deliberately unsexy clothes runs directly counter to the prevailing culture of reality TV and celebrity overkill. He has a growing fan base that admires his clean, innocent, and Scandinavian sensibility that, as it turns out, includes Spacek herself, who sent Jensen a thrilled e-mail. "I got a real kick out of hearing the news about the Sissy collection," she told him. "All I can imagine are little, cotton, country shirtwaist dresses, from all areas of the American South." Exactly right. And just to make this a happy ending, she's asked him to make her a dress.