"Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance."
Baltasar Gracian

"Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out."
Iris Murdoch

"Doing collections, doing fashion is like a non-stop dialogue."
Karl Lagerfeld

"This idea of collaborating with designers - that's something I can identify with."
Rei Kawakubo

"Elegance is elimination."
Cristobal Balenciaga

"I am always attracted to the moments when a person who is associated with a certain message, image or sensibility evolves. I am very interested in how audiences respond to that maturation and absorb the evolution."
Raf Simons

"I have fun with my clothes onstage; it's not a concert you're seeing, it's a fashion show."
Freddie Mercury

"I want to make clothes that are beautiful of course, but also clothes that are interesting and considered and intelligent and not out of place."
Miuccia Prada

"Good taste doesn't exist. It is our taste. We have to be proud of it."
Franco Moschino

"Fashion is life-enhancing, and I think it's a lovely, generous thing to do for other people."
Vivienne Westwood

"I see there is a lot of behaviour in men's fashion...It's a lot about all these kind of clothes that can be easily combined with each other, and it's less...about making a fashion statement."
Raf Simons

"Men's fashion has a certain heaviness in the fabrics and construction. But also there is a heaviness in the mentality."
Hedi Slimane

"It's a new era in fashion - there are no rules. It's all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together."
Alexander McQueen

"If you wear clothes that don't suit you, you're a fashion victim. You have to wear clothes that make you look better."
Vivienne Westwood

"No one ever taught me, and I never had formal classes in pattern making, so I was like, Okay, I'll just drape, and I'll sew as I pin it."
Alexander Wang

"What I find most interesting in fashion is that it has to reflect our time. You have to witness your own moment."
Nicolas Ghesquiere

"The corporateness of the fashion industry tends to take away or distort the freedom of creation."
Rei Kawakubo

"I'm very scared sometimes that fashion might attack its own magic by the amount of exposure."
Raf Simons

"Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment."
Alexander McQueen

"To me, fashion is like a mirror. It's a reflection of the times. And if it doesn't reflect the times, it's not fashion. Because people aren't gonna be wearing it."
Anna Sui

"Fashion somehow, for me, is purely and happily irrational."
Hedi Slimane

"The fashion world doesn't know the word 'stop,' so you have to make sure there are sublime moments every day."
Raf Simons

"I really think that creating clothes and fashion has to be a statement about how we live and where we live and what's happening in the world."
Sarah Burton

"My intention is not to make clothes. My head would be too restricted if I only thought about making clothes."
Rei Kawakubo

"Fashion offers no greater challenge than finding what works for night without looking like you are wearing a costume."
Vera Wang

"I'm usually very attracted to things that I can't define. If something's too clear, it's very often not inspiring to me anymore."
Raf Simons

"When you focus on the consumer, the consumer responds."
Alexander Wang

"Fashion has always been a repetition of ideas, but what makes it new is the way you put it together."
Carolina Herrera

"I just go with the flow, I follow the yellow brick road. I don't know where it's going to lead me, but I follow it."
Grace Jones

"I never went to fashion school. I didn't know what a designer was. I knew I had something, but I didn't know what it was. And it could just have easily been nothing."
Ralph Lauren

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