A Thought from Jil Sander

A Thought from Jil Sander

"It is not easy to dress well"

- jil sander

I read a piece a few days ago that shared the words above from fashion designer Jil Sander. I dug around for the fuller context of what she said, which is here: 

"It is not easy to dress well. The appearance of a person should be harmonious, and to this effect, all parts need to work together. It can be easier to compose your look from one collection, where everything is coordinated, like in a piece of music. That way every item makes an impact, even the handbag."

- via The Guardian

I'm intrigued! For so many reasons. My very first reaction to reading this was: it's true! Finally! Someone said it! And not anyone, really, but Jil Sander! Then, as I kept thinking, my secondary reaction was less statement and more question: is this true? And if so, is the difficulty in dressing well a question of our nature (our innate ability, creativity, interest in fashion) or how we've been nurtured (the societies, cultures, and fashion systems in which we get dressed)?

Coming from one of the late 20th century's great fashion designers, I think these seven words carry a lot of weight. I'm not sure I have any conclusions, but I know what I'll be thinking about these next few days as I get dressed. I'd love to hear your thoughts on Ms. Sander's statement. In the mean time, here are a few images from Jil Sander campaigns spanning the last three decades. 

 
 by Javier Vallhonrat for Jil Sander SS 1989

by Javier Vallhonrat for Jil Sander SS 1989

 
 
 by Craig McDean for Jil Sander FW 1995

by Craig McDean for Jil Sander FW 1995

 by Craig McDean for Jil Sander FW 1995

by Craig McDean for Jil Sander FW 1995

 
 Photographer unknown, from a 1980s campaign

Photographer unknown, from a 1980s campaign

 
 
 by Nick Knight for Jil Sander Spring 1992

by Nick Knight for Jil Sander Spring 1992

  by Scholz Friends for Jil Sander SS 1987

 by Scholz Friends for Jil Sander SS 1987

 
 Photographer unknown, from a 1980s campaign

Photographer unknown, from a 1980s campaign

 by Steve Meisel, Vogue 1996

by Steve Meisel, Vogue 1996

Feature image by Jean-François Lepage, 1990

Snapshots of Dress in Old Romania

Snapshots of Dress in Old Romania

In Search of Individuality in Dress

In Search of Individuality in Dress

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