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♦ Fashion Proverbs ♦


Fashions fade, style is eternal.
Yves Saint Laurent

Dumpy frump a fashion disaster.
New York Post headline
On Prince Charles's wife Camilla during their visit to the USA.

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.
Coco Chanel

If you are not in fashion, you are nobody.
Lord Chesterfield

Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.
Christian Dior

Women thrive on novelty and are easy meat for the commerce of fashion. Men prefer old pipes and torn jackets.
Anthony Burgess

Elegance is a question of personality, more than one's clothing.
Jean-Paul Gaultier

Style is primarily a matter of instinct.
Bill Blass

I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes.
Yves Saint Laurent

I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.
Marlene Dietrich

Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women.
Elsa Schiaparelli

A designer is only as good as the star who wears her clothes.
Edith Head

Only great minds can afford a simple style.

About half my designs are controlled fantasy, 15 percent are total madness and the rest are bread-and-butter designs.
Manolo Blahnik

When in doubt, wear red.
Bill Blass

The difference between style and fashion is quality.
Giorgio Armani

I don't do fashion, I am fashion.
Coco Chanel

Fashion is as profound and critical a part of the social life of man as sex, and is made up of the same ambivalent mixture of irresistible urges and inevitable taboos.
Rene Konig

They think him the best dressed man, whose dress is so fit for his use that you cannot notice or remember to describe it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A good model can advance fashion by ten years.
Yves Saint Laurent

I don't design clothes. I design dreams.
Ralph Lauren

A woman's dress should be like a barbedwire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.
Sophia Loren

Fashion is architecture. It is a matter of proportions.
Coco Chanel

People have told me about organized crime in the fashion industry, but I can't talk about that. I'm looking to stay alive.
Calvin Klein

The goal I seek is to have people refine their style through my clothing without having them become victims of fashion.
Giorgio Armani

When a person is in fashion, all they do is right. 
Lord Chesterfield

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
Henry David Thoreau

There are a lot of gay people in fashion, but it's not as if every gay person is a great creator.
Calvin Klein

Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are.
Quentin Crisp

There has been a change in men's attitudes toward their clothes. Men are more aware of fashion; they're not afraid of it.
Calvin Klein

I like fashion to go down to the street, but I can't accept that it should originate there.
Coco Chanel

In difficult times fashion is always outrageous.
Elsa Schiaparelli

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.
Oleg Cassini

I never cared for fashion much, amusing little seams and witty little pleats: it was the girls I liked.
David Bailey

I've always thought of the T-shirt as the Alpha and Omega of the fashion alphabet.
Giorgio Armani

They seek him here, they seek him there,
His clothes are loud, but never square.
It will make or break him so he's got to buy the best,
'Cause he's a dedicated follower of fashion.
The Kinks
Dedicated Follower of Fashion, song written by R. D. Davies.

The novelties of one generation are only the resuscitated fashions of the generation before last.
George Bernard Shaw

A fashion is merely a form of ugliness so unbearable that we are compelled to alter it every six months.
Oscar Wilde

Fashion is more usually a gentle progression of revisited ideas.
Bruce Oldfield

Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.
Edwin Hubbel

I base my fashion sense on what doesn't itch.
Gilda Radner

It is fancy rather than taste which produces so many new fashions.

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.
Karl Lagerfeld

Art produces ugly things which frequently become beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.
Jean Cocteau

Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are.
Quentin Crisp

Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.

The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.
Hubert de Givenchy

Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.
George Santayana

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.
Donna Karan

There is no fashion for the old.
Coco Chanel

So soon as a fashion is universal, it is out of date.
Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

Respect is love in plain clothes.
Frankie Byrne

Fashion is made to become unfashionable.
Coco Chanel

The lamb began to follow the wolf in sheep's clothing.

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

She wears her clothes as if they were thrown on with a pitchfork.
Jonathan Swift

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.
Albert Einstein

Clothes don't make a man, but clothes have got many a man a good job.
Herbert Harold Vreeland

Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear.
Anatole France

We live not according to reason, but according to fashion.

Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it's open to anybody who owns hideous clothing.
Dave Barry

While clothes may not make the woman, they certainly have a strong effect on her self-confidence - which, I believe, does make the woman.
Mary Kay Ashe

Above all, remember that the most important thing you can take anywhere is not a Gucci bag or French-cut jeans; it's an open mind.
Gail Rubin Bereny

The leading cause of death among fashion models is falling through street grates.
Dave Barry

The dress is a vase which the body follows. My clothes are like modules in which bodies move.
Pierre Cardin

I wear my sort of clothes to save me the trouble of deciding which clothes to wear.
Katharine Hepburn

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
Mark Twain

The expression a woman wears on her face is more important than the clothes she wears on her back.
Dale Carnegie

Fashion condemns us to many follies; the greatest is to make ourselves its slave.
Napoleon Bonaparte

What a deformed thief this fashion is.
William Shakespeare

Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.
Jean Cocteau

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
Oscar Wilde

The fashion wears out more apparel than the man.
William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing, 3. 3


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