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Fashions fade, style is eternal.

YVES SAINT LAURENT, Reader's Digest, volume 118, 1980

Fashion! -- a word which knaves and fools may use,
Their knavery and folly to excuse.


Fashions change like leaves on the bough, some of which go and others come.

DANTE ALIGHIERI, The Divine Comedy

Fashion, n. A despot whom the wise ridicule and obey.

AMBROSE BIERCE, The Devil's Dictionary

Do not conceive that fine clothes make fine men any more than fine feathers make fine birds.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Bushrod Washington, Jan. 15, 1783

We are living in such a troubled world that fashion seems completely irrelevant. Yet ... it's a very, very mysterious thing. Why all of a sudden do people like yellow? Why all of a sudden do people wear combat boots?

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, Newsweek, Aug. 7, 2006

One had as good be out of the world, as out of fashion.

COLLEY CIBBER, Love's Last Shift

An air of fashion, which is but a badge of slavery ... proves that the soul has not a strong individual character.

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT, A Vindication of the Rights of Women

Feminist readings of fashion have often portrayed it as a kind of conspiracy to distract women from the real affairs of society, namely economics and politics. Fashion has been seen as a device for confining women to an inferior social order, largely because it demands an unequal expenditure of time and money by women on activities which do not attract the professional attention and efforts of men. Fashion works to intensify self-absorption and thereby reduces the social, cultural and intellectual horizons of women.


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

OSCAR WILDE, The Happy Prince

Fashion is capitalism's favourite child.

WERNER SOMBART, Der Moderne Kapitalismus

Fashion is always silly, for, before it can spread far, it must be calculated for silly people; as examples of sense, wit, or ingenuity could be imitated only by a few.

HORACE WALPOLE, letter to Sir Horace Mann, Sep. 8, 1782

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A person who is anxious to be a leader of the fashion, or one of the first to follow it, will certainly appear in the eyes of judicious men to have nothing better than a frequent change of dress to recommend him to notice.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to George Steptoe Washington, Mar. 23, 1789

He who goes against the fashion is himself a slave.


Fashion is one of the great living arts of civilisation and self-decoration one of the fundamental human urges.

JANEY IRONSIDE, A Fashion Alphabet

Today, every principle of identity is affected by fashion, precisely because of its potential to revert all forms to non-origin and recurrence. Fashion is always retro, but always on the basis of the abolition of the passé (the past): the spectral death and resurrection of forms. Its proper actuality (its 'up-to-dateness', its 'relevance') is not a reference to the present, but an immediate and total recycling.

JEAN BAUDRILLARD, Symbolic Exchange and Death

I've no desire to be ill-dressed; but I hate the feeling that I daren't be ill-dressed if I want to.

JOHN BRAINE, Room at the top

Fashion is not style. Nay, we can say more: Fashion is instead of style. Style is an idiom springing spontaneously from the personality but deliberately maintained. If you have no personality, you may be able to save your face and, possibly, your entire anatomy by following the current fashion, but all we shall know about you, when we see you coming down the street, is that you had enough money to buy a glossy magazine and were sufficiently cunning to work out the cut of the garments shown therein.

QUENTIN CRISP, New York Magazine, Nov. 20, 1978

Fashion is conceived as irrational because it changes constantly, has no content, works as an external decoration, and carries no intellectual elements.

YUNIYA KAWAMURA, Fashion-ology

Fashion never happens at any fixed point in time or space--that is, individuals and groups are never fully fashionable but are always in the process of becoming fashionable or descending into unfashionability, and, in all probability, doing both at the same time.

MICHAEL CARTER, Fashion Classics from Carlyle to Barthes

Fashion seldom interferes with nature without diminishing her grace and efficiency.


The fashion wears out more apparel than the man.


In hindsight, my initial love for fashion was about hope and evolving to become the type of woman I wanted to be: strong, confident and feminine. I always loved the idea of dressing up--my wardrobe and how I present myself reflecting how I feel on the inside. That is what I do for other people now. I give women the means to express themselves and be who they are and who they aspire to be, and I think there is a real beauty in this.

RACHEL ROY, Newsweek, Oct. 15, 2007

No fashion is ever a success unless it is used as a form of seduction.

Most fashionable ladies are as diamonds because they are more costly than useful.


Ten years before its time, a fashion is indecent; ten years after, it is hideous; but a century after, it is romantic.

JAMES LAVER, attributed, Business Wit & Wisdom

Change of fashions is the tax which industry imposes on the vanity of the rich.

NICOLAS CHAMFORT, attributed, Many Thoughts of Many Minds

The air of fashion, which many young people are so eager to attain, always strikes me like the studied attitudes of some modern prints, copied with tasteless servility after the antigue; the soul is left out, and none of the parts are tied together by what may properly be termed character.

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT, A Vindication of the Rights of Women

He alone is a man, who can resist the genius of the age, the tone of fashion, with vigorous simplicity and modest courage.


Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear.

OSCAR WILDE, An Ideal Husband

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


The last person to adopt a ridiculous fashion suffers more derision than the one who first adopted it.

LEWIS F. KORNS, Thoughts

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only; fashion is something in the air. It's the wind that blows in the new fashion; you feel it coming, you smell it. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.

COCO CHANEL, attributed, Chanel: A Woman of Her Own

Fashion ... has brought every thing into vogue, by turns.


The kinetic, open personality of fashion is the personality which a society in the process of rapid transformation most needs. No longer derided as superficial, frivolous or deceitful, fashion thus has an important role to play, not merely in adorning the body but in fashioning a modern, reflexive self.

CAROLINE EVANS, Fashion at the Edge: Spectacle, Modernity & Deathliness

I don't do fashion, I AM fashion.

COCO CHANEL, attributed, The Gospel According to Coco Chanel

The irrational aspect of fashion is very important; fashion provides a field for the expression of fetishistic and magical impulses and beliefs.

ELIZABETH WILSON, "Fashion and Modernity"

Fashion is a state of mind. A spirit, an extension of one's self. Fashion talks, it can be an understated whisper, a high-energy scream or an all knowing wink and a smile. Most of all fashion is about being comfortable with yourself, translating self-esteem into a personal style.


The apparel oft proclaims the man.


A young lady can only look charming at so much per yard. A pretty miss in calico is a lovely woman in silk; and a charming girl in muslin is an angel in satin. At least she thinks so, and who would contradict a lady?

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

A respectable appearance is sufficient to make people more interested in your soul.

KARL LAGERFELD, attributed, Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life

The flowers of fashion have but fickle friends; they are the freak of the moment, much prized today, the more despised tomorrow.


It pains me physically to see a woman victimized, rendered pathetic, by fashion.


The erogenous zone is always shifting, and it is the business of fashion to pursue it, without ever catching it up.

JAMES LAVER, New Society, February 2, 1984

Fashion is a sieve, and money spent on it as dust.


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