"One of the most striking differences between a well-dressed English woman and a well dress French woman is the size of their respective wardrobes. The English woman would probably be astonished by the very limited number of garments hanging in the French woman's wardrobe, but she would also be bound to observe that each one is of excellent quality, expensive perhaps by British standards, and perfectly adapted to the life a French woman leads. She wears them over and over again, discarding them only when they are worn out or outmoded and she considers it a compliment (as it is meant to be) when her best friend says "I'm so glad you decided to wear your red dress-I've always loved it!"
Kathleen Tessaro from the book Elegance 2003
"I'd call my work "instinctual design". I like to find the spirit of a piece that defies time, age and occasion. My clothes give the wearer the chance to develop their own voice within a wardrobe, and I think of them as curators of their own personal style."
STYLE...Because your personality isn't the first thing people see.
"Personal style comes within. It's when the woman, her individuality and spirit come through. She uses clothing to express who she is and how she feels."
“The blast of heat that enveloped her when she stepped out onto the street had nothing European about it. She had headed straight for the teeming commercial area on her first morning there and bought several floaty, ethnic dresses. She enjoyed the way the hot air swirled through them as she walked. She had long since dressed beyond or outside fashion, having reached an age when she doubted the wisdom of any violent external change, but there was still a pleasing holiday piquancy to swanning around in clothes nobody would be seen dead in at home.”
Patrick Gale /The Cat Sanctuary
Some of Livia Firth's thoughts in reference to The True Cost movie....
"This is the modern conundrum of fast (i.e., disposable) fashion. Over the past 15 to 20 years, the fashion landscape has changed immensely as the apparel industry increased its output by 400 percent."
"It is not a matter of buying luxury or not. It is about buying things we really want, clothes we really know we will wear a minimum of 30 times (you will be surprised how many times we do not!), things which we value for quality and durability and will form a part of our sustainable wardrobe, a wardrobe full of fashion memories."
"I buy in a very different way, as I am 45 and when I grew up fast fashion did not exist. There were not "good brands" and "bad brands," only brands that produced good quality and others that didn't. And if you were smart and had not much money, you would always save to buy the good-quality brands, as the clothes would last forever. I still have so many clothes from my mum and so many from my youth. So many! So now I buy clothes only when I see something that I know I will wear when I am 70!"
"Do you know who made this? Do you know that behind this there is a woman who is suffering? Do you know that it is not democratic to buy so cheaply and it is immoral for you to throw it away so quickly?"
"But above all, I would say: Fashion can empower you, so communicate beautiful stories via what you wear."
“The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world.”
“Reinvent new combinations of what you already own. Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.”
"Clothing was magic. Casey believed this. She would never admit this to her classmates in any of her women's studies courses, but she felt that an article of clothing could change a person... Each skirt, blouse, necklace, or humble shoe said something - certain pieces screamed, and others whispered seductively, but no matter, she experienced each item's expression keenly, and she loved this world. Every article suggested an image, a life, a kind of woman, and Casey felt drawn to them."
― Min Jin Lee
“I fell in love with a raincoat. Well, at first. Then later I fell in love with the woman wearing it.”
“There are very few high-quality garments being produced at all. A very, very, very small amount. So small that most people never even see it in their lifetimes. People are wearing rags, basically.
"A dress that zips up the back will bring a husband and wife together."
~James H. Boren
"The dress must not hang on the body but follow its lines. It must accompany its wearer and
when a woman smiles the dress must smile with her."
"Clothes can suggest, persuade, connote, insinuate, or indeed lie, and apply subtle pressure while their wearer is speaking frankly and straightforwardly of other matters."
"Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important."
"Adornment is never anything except a reflection of the heart."
~Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel
"Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are."
"To be a fashionable woman is to know yourself, know what you represent, and know what works for you. To be "in fashion" could be a disaster on 90 percent of women." You are not a page out of Vogue.
"Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves, will, in general, become of no more value than their dress."
~William Hazlitt, On the Clerical Character, 1819
"I love America, and I love American women. But there is one thing that deeply shocks me - American closets. I cannot believe one can dress well when you have so much."
"I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes."
~Yves Saint Laurent
"The truly fashionable are beyond fashion."
“It’s amazing how just dressing differently can affect your influence; dress like a beggar and your assumed poverty gains you looks of contempt; dress in gold-lined robes and people are more willing to accommodate you; sport armour and you look strong, dutiful, and prepared.”
― A.J. Darkholme,
“I love uniforms. It gives me an excuse for why I’m wearing the same clothes day after day.”
"Clothes are never a frivolity: they always mean something. " ~James Laver
“The clothes you're wearing, the room, the house, the city that you're in. Everything in it started out in the human imagination. Your lives, your personalities, your whole world. All invented. All made up. All the wars, the romances. The masterpieces and the machines. And there's nothing here but a funny little twist of amino acids, playing a marvelous game of pretend.”
― Alan Moore,
“She was having a violent reaction against beautiful clothes and the slavery they impose on one, her experience being that the instant one had got them they took one in hand and gave one no peace till they had been everywhere and been seen by everybody. You didn't take your clothes to parties; they took you. It was quite a mistake to think think that a woman, a really well-dressed woman wore out her clothes; it was the clothes that wore out the woman- dragging her about at all hours of the day and night.”
The next time you are heading out the door, pause at the mirror and make sure that what you see reflects your purpose and value. That doesn’t mean donning the burka, but it probably doesn’t mean having words on your butt either.”
― Amy E. Spiegel
“Dress shabbily and they remember the clothes, dress impeccably they remember the woman”.
"Clothes as text, clothes as narration, clothes as story. Clothes as the story of our lives. And if you were to gather all the clothes you have ever owned in your life, each baby shoe and winter coat and wedding dress, you would have your autobiography. You could wear, once more, your own life in all its stages, from whatever they wrapped you in when you emerged from the dark red naked warmth of the womb to your death bed."
"You wake up in the morning and ask yourself what you should wear, and the seductive whisper of the same outfit you wore yesterday is in your ear: “Wear me.’ And you do because you know you look good, you look fantastic, but more significantly, you look like yourself and not an imposter."
"Adornment has always been part of human nature. Clothes put the individual into a special relationship with the spirits and or the seasons. You do not wear your everyday clothes to invoke a deity, especially when he or she is in the position to grant you a good harvest and save your tribe from death by starvation. Nor to be interviewed for a new job or to get married."
From the book, The Thoughtful Dresser by Linda Grant
"We need things that transcend the moment, stay with us and, are not easily replaced."
"The energy of imagination, deliberation and invention, which falls into a natural rhythm totally one's own, maintained by an innate discipline and a keen sense of pleasure - these are the ingredients of style. And all who have it share one thing: originality."
Diane Vreeland 1906 - 1989
"People don't want to see clothes. They want to see something that fuels the imagination"
"MY COLLEAGUES ALWAYS TEASE ME WHEN I PLUNGE MY NOSE INTO FABRIC. I CARESS IT, SMELL IT LISTEN TO IT.
A PIECE OF CLOTHING SHOULD SPEAK IN SO MANY WAYS."