When his wife asked him to change clothes to meet the German Ambassador: If they want to see me, here I am. If they want to see my clothes, open my closet and show them my suits.
Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women’s clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear.
“Women thrive on novelty and are easy meat for the commerce of fashion. Men prefer old pipes and torn jackets.”
When in doubt, wear red
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.
I like fashion to go down to the street, but I can’t accept that it should originate there.
The expression a woman wears on her face is more important than the clothes she wears on her back.
Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it’s open to anybody who owns hideous clothing.
Today, fashion is really about sensuality-how a woman feels on the inside. In the ’80s women used suits with exaggerated shoulders and waists to make a strong impression. Women are now more comfortable with themselves and their bodies-they no longer feel the need to hide behind their clothes.
Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.
George Bernard Shaw
The novelties of one generation are only the resuscitated fashions of the generation before last.
Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.
I base my fashion sense on what doesn’t itch.
I’ve used a lot of jersey, but I’ve also done a lot of complex pattern weaves in these fabrics in solid colors, and there are lots of little dresses for cocktail and evening. I’ve done a series of very important evening dresses as well, just to show that these two ideas can also work well together. Today’s woman can wear an important evening dress or a simple pant and top. It’s all in the personality of the woman.
The goal I seek is to have people refine their style through my clothing without having them become victims of fashion.
All the American women had purple noses and gray lips and their faces were chalk white from terrible powder. I recognized that the United States could be my life’s work.
Herbert Harold Vreeland
Clothes don’t make a man, but clothes have got many a man a good job.
Hubert de Givenchy
The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.
I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes. I had one thousand and sixty.
Art produces ugly things which frequently become beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.
Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. Fashion is something that comes after style.
Chanel is composed of only a few elements, white camellias, quilted bags and Austrian doorman’s jackets, pearls, chains, shoes with black toes. I use these elements like notes to play with.
I wear my sort of clothes to save me the trouble of deciding which clothes to wear.
About half my designs are controlled fantasy, 15 percent are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
Mary Kay Ashe
While clothes may not make the woman, they certainly have a strong effect on her self-confidence — which, I believe, does make the woman.
Fashion anticipates, and elegance is a state of mind … a mirror of the time in which we live, a translation of the future, and should never be static.
A fashion is merely a form of ugliness so unbearable that we are compelled to alter it every six months.
I don’t design clothes. I design dreams.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
They think him the best dressed man, whose dress is so fit for his use that you cannot notice or remember to describe it.
A woman’s dress should be like a barbed- wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.
Yves Saint Laurent
I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.
Yves Saint Laurent
A good model can advance fashion by ten years.