Elsie de Wolfe on Beauty

Elsie de Wolfe on Beauty

We have this strange relationship with beauty. We certainly respond to it emotionally and value it. Yet, somehow, in the hierarchy of things, at least how I was socialized, we often relegate beauty philosophically to the lesser realms. Suspected of being superficial or superfluous, but rarely treated as a substantive goal worthy of our unflinching pursuit. Which is why this quote (via Nitch) from Elsie de Wolfe, interior designer extraordinaire, caught my attention.  

"I am going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life."

- Elsie de Wolfe

 By Edward Steichen via Getty Images

By Edward Steichen via Getty Images

I'm not sure what's so utterly refreshing about this statement. The simplicity of it? The unapologetic way it's delivered? The assuredness Ms. de Wolfe possesses that beauty is, in the first place, something worth devoting a life, her life, to? Spoken with such clarity and conviction, it seems to me like such a meaningful way to spend one's life.

Whatever it is, I welcome the statement into the armory of evidence we're building (joining this and this) that we don't have to apologize for, minimize, or trivialize our interest in matters beauty and fashion related. Beauty is consequential, it's worth pursuing, and that pursuit deeply matters. 

 

Feature image: A sketch of Elsie de Wolfe by Cecil Beaton.

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