on fashion

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a digital repository of wardrobe wisdom

 
 Helena Bonham Carter Photographed by Peter Lindbergh for Interview Magazine, Russia

Helena Bonham Carter Photographed by Peter Lindbergh for Interview Magazine, Russia

I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.
— Helena Bonham Carter
 
 
 Carolina Herrera photographed by Victor Demarchelier for Harper's Bazaar

Carolina Herrera photographed by Victor Demarchelier for Harper's Bazaar

Elegance isn’t solely defined by what you wear. It’s how you carry yourself, how you speak, what you read.
— Carolina Herrera
 
 
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Fashion is not only about a piece of fabric. If you think about all the [fashion] movements we have had in the years, they came from a situation that’s social, economical and political. So why should we not reflect our time?
— Franca Sozzani
 
 
 
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Elegance is elimination.
— Cristóbal Balenciaga
 
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Fashion is born by small facts, trends, or even politics, never by trying to make little pleats and furbelows, by trinkets, by clothes easy to copy, or by the shortening or lengthening of a skirt.
— Elsa Schiaparelli
 
 
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Style must be a constant practice. Being occasionally stylish is false.
— Iké Udé
 
 
 
 Paloma Picasso by Xavier Martin, 1986

Paloma Picasso by Xavier Martin, 1986

 
Sometimes I get very dressed up just to go to the corner for some bread; I dress for my own amusement.
— Paloma Picasso
 
 
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You can tell the state of civilization by the way people dress. If the people who fought two World Wars came back to 2010 and saw all of us running around in tracksuits, what would they think?
— Daphne Guinness
 
 
 
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The world perceives fashion sometimes as a frivolity that should be done away with in the face of social upheavals and problems that are enormous. The point is in fact, that fashion, you know, it’s the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don’t think you can do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization.
— Bill Cunningham
 
 
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I prefer the woman to be seen rather than the outfit. Her head, her body, her hands — the garment is there to cover her, to underline something, and make her beautiful.
— Azzedine Alaïa
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When you’re comfortable with what you’re wearing, you don’t have new thoughts. I want people to feel something and think about who they are. You can’t become truly free if you no longer think about clothes. You need to occasionally wear something strong, and that can feel strange. It makes you aware of your existence and can reaffirm your relationship with society.
— Rei Kawakubo