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Meet The Muse: Sarah Sophie Flicker


Girl-about-town Natalie Joos spends her days casting for shows like Zac Posen and Yigal Azrouël and editorials for the likes of Mario Sorrenti and Mariano Vivanco, but her passion is vintage clothing. Joos’ blog, Tales of Endearment spotlights her “Muses,” impeccably styled girls and guys who share her secondhand obsession. In a new partnership with, Tales of Endearment’s subjects discuss their shoots right here on Style File.

“It was really inspiring and fun for us to go into total fantasy mode,” says Sarah Sophie Flicker of her photo shoot with Natalie Joos. “I don’t think I wore one thing you could walk around in.” Flicker, Joos’ latest muse, lives for fantasy. Aside from being the editor at large for Lula magazine and running a production company with her friend Maximilla Lukacs, Flicker spends her days swinging from the trapeze and dancing around in showgirl outfits with the performance group the Citizens Band (model and singer Karen Elson is also a member). She longs for bygone eras and the clothes they inspired. For her, fashion is a way to relive those times. Here, Flicker gives a glimpse of her magical world.

I know you have several projects going on right now. What are you focused on at the moment?
We [the Citizens Band] are doing a super-political project right now leading up to the election—we have to make sure the Republicans don’t sweep and that Obama stays in the White House. It’s something we are all feeling pretty passionate about right now. The focus will be lending a voice to the growing movement and our first show is going to be for a private event on November 12. I also have some new film projects with my friend Maximilla Lukacs. Right now we are doing music videos (one is for a really cool Brit band, I can’t share details quite yet) and we are just getting into the whole fashion film thing.

How involved are you with the costuming for the Citizens Band?
We have collaborated with a ton of amazing designers on our costumes. The last one was Electric Feathers. I am a big researcher—I went to law school—and usually the theme is related to what’s going on socially and politically, so I do a lot of research. Between Karen and I, we have so many costumes—I collect showgirl costumes and headdresses—so we usually end up using some of our own stuff too.

When and why did you get into collecting showgirl outfits?
I have been doing it forever. My girlfriend used to work at Wasteland in San Francisco—it was such a fantasy world for me. We just started collecting theater costumes that came in. Now you can’t go into a vintage store and buy anything—I mostly just look online.

When you are not on stage, what are you wearing?
Getting dressed every day is like taking on a new character. I suffer from false nostalgia and wishing I had been alive in other eras. Of course, things weren’t better back then, I just like the fantasy of fashion. I like aiming my sights towards something that doesn’t exist anymore. Everything goes back to my love of theater, circus, vaudeville—I would say it’s whimsical. My time period is 1880 to 1940, with a splash of seventies, but I never do the eighties or nineties.

Why is that?
I was alive during those times and that’s no fun. Although, I did go through a tougher phase when I thought I was punk, but that’s long over. Right now though, I am about to go into a lot of rehearsals for Citizens, so Karen and I usually get into romper mode. They are great because you can do kicks and no one can see up your skirt.

Do you have one item of clothing or an accessory that you wear every single day?
I feel funny if I don’t have something on my head. Much to my husband’s chagrin, I wear a lot of turbans. I love them. I always wear a bowler, a turban, a scarf or something during the day.

For more from Flicker’s shoot, visit Tales of Endearment.

Photo: Natalie Joos

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