Cecilia Gault: “At the Crossroads of Innocence and Sexuality”
This past spring, NYU.Fashion spoke with Cecilia Gault, Clive Davis 2020 about evolving her image, both as a performer and as a student at NYU.
Katie: Have you been doing any shows recently?
Cecilia: Clive put together a small show of students at Bushwick Public House at the end of March, and that was my first show in this last year and a half. I’m getting an EP together soon so I’m waiting for that to be out before I perform, but Tigris Records – who hosted the Brooklyn show – is going to be doing more of those Clive shows, so I’ll be out there.
Katie: Any aspects of planning for the EP that you’re willing to share with us?
Cecilia: I’ve been thinking about visuals a lot – that’s actually the biggest thing that I’ve been thinking about. The title and everything is going to come from that, I think.
Katie: What kind of visuals have you been considering?
Cecilia: Something with sex appeal. I feel like that’s such a big part of my perception of fashion – wearing things that make me feel sexy and confident. I have a bunch of fun ideas. My last EP was called “Beast,” and for the cover shoot I made this really intense ram horn headband. I don’t know if I wanna go that far this time; I’m gonna maybe tone it down a little [Laughter], but I’m gonna have some fun with it definitely.
Katie: So in terms of creating a visual persona for yourself, both as a performer and in your day-to-day life, there would obviously be a notable difference between something you wear on stage and something you wear, say, to class. What defines and differentiates the two styles to you?
Cecilia: Well, I guess a lot of dressing for the stage also goes with my own personality and the personality of my music, which is kind of at the crossroads of innocence and sexuality. Clothing-wise, I think that translates to a lot of playfulness, as pertaining to both vibes.
Cecilia: In both going to school and performing, casualness is hard to do for me, and that’s actually something that I’ve had a hard time with because I want to dress crazy, but then I’m not comfortable onstage! I’ve been working on it though. I love wearing shorts and pants when I perform, mixing patterns – and heels. Every day I wear heels! You’ll never see me in sneakers, because I’m so small. [Laughter]
Katie: What kinds of things do you usually wear to perform?
Cecilia: The last thing that I wore to a show was a metal chain link shirt with no bra and nipple tape. [Laughter] I like dressing in extremes like that but at the same time that type kind of stuff always scares me because I worry about my manager and a bunch of adults seeing pictures online and being like, “look!”
Cecilia: That’s one thing that still confuses me about the music industry – what would they say about an 18-year-old expressing herself through her clothing like that. But I like extremes; I like things that are just a little crazy and funky which, you know, makes everything more fun when you’re performing.
Katie: So what do you wear on the day-to-day? What’s your staple style?
Cecilia: Heels – like, boots. I love form fitted tops, and always pants – trousers, cigarette pants, jeans.
Katie: Has being at NYU influenced your style in any way?
Cecilia: The transition from college to high school was a big one for my style because I kind of dressed in a lot of staple clothing in high school, so I came to NYU and I was like, what am I doing? I want to dress fun and I want to have fun, and I want to meet fun new people. So I’ve been trying to not be lazy and not be like, “Oh I’m just going to wear sweatpants.”
In class now there are always guests and stuff. A representative from Soundcloud came to a lecture the other day, so I’ve also just realized that dressing for school is worth the effort.
Katie: Are there any other figures in your life that have influenced your style?
Cecilia: Yeah - it’s funny actually, I had an ex-boyfriend in high school who was very into fashion. I kind of toned down my style during that time in my life because he would tell me, “If you dress funky, that’s trendy, and trends die out,” you know. So that whole mindset was my whole high school: the fear of being trendy. But f*ck that, you know? [Laughter] I’m just trying to have fun.
Interviewed by: Katherine Borkov
Photographed by: Belle Yau