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When something startlingly new comes up, young people, especially, seize it. You can't complain about that. I think its heyday has passed, but it's had an effect and will continue to have an effect. (M. H. Abrams)

The art world is now a fashion industry, led by its Whitney Biennial 'nose for the new look.' But nobody, it seems, has the guts or the brains to blow the necessary whistle and holler, 'Hold on guys! What the hell is this ugly bit of business?' (Abe Ajay)

Fashion is, perhaps by necessity, in a world of its own – one that only rarely overlaps with anything resembling real life. This fantasy and exoticism is part of its appeal, of course. (Vince Aletti)

Her hat is a creation that will never go out of style; it will just look ridiculous year after year. (Fred Allen)

There is no such thing as 'on the way out' as long as you are still doing something interesting and good; you're in the business because you're breathing. (Louis Armstrong)

What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish. (W. H. Auden)

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse. (Sir Francis Bacon)

Fashions are born and they die too quickly for anyone to learn to love them. (Bettina Ballard)

When imitation goes over big, it isn't imitation, it is a trend. (Darby Bannard)

Fashion, which elevates the bad to the level of the good, subsequently turns its back on bad and good alike. (Eric Bently)

fashion, n. A despot whom the wise ridicule and obey. (Ambrose Bierce)

presentable, adj. Hideously appareled after the manner of the time and place. (Ambrose Bierce)

I always have the idea in mind that when Botticelli was an old man nobody cared about him because he was out of fashion. Imagine, Botticelli was out of fashion! (Norbert Bisky)

I'm the Imelda Marcos of sunglasses. (Bono)

What is good today may be a cliche tomorrow. (Alexey Brodovitch)

I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me. (Warren Buffett)

The secret of fashion is to surprise and never to disappoint. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

Don't follow trends, start trends. (Frank Capra)

Fashion is made to become unfashionable. (Coco Chanel)

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)

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

There's never a new fashion but it's old. (Geoffrey Chaucer)

-b.1671 d.1757...
One had as good be out of the world, as out of the fashion. (Colley Cibber)

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)

I was born into the century in which novels lost their stories, poems their rhymes, paintings their form, and music its beauty, but that does not mean I have to like that trend or go along with it. (Pat Conroy)

The climax of absurdity to which art may be carried when led away from nature by fashion, may be best seen in the works of Boucher... (John Constable)

Once you establish a look, and once everybody recognizes that look as your look, you never have to think about fashion again. (Doug Coupland)

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

The hare-brained chatter of irresponsible frivolity. (Benjamin Disraeli)

For a traditional painter it is well worthwhile to live to a great age. You never know when you may find yourself in fashion again. (Bernard Dunstan)

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

Acceptance of all fashions broadens our minds and talents. (Chantell van Erbe)

-regarding Barney's New York skinny Disney characters...
This project must have been intended as fun, fanciful, a little irreverent. Yet it does speak to one of fashion's most important functions - encouraging us to dream, daring us to reinvent ourselves, if only in our own minds. (Bridget Foley)

Popular art is normally decried as vulgar by the cultivated people of its time; then it loses favor with its original audience as a new generation grows up; then it begins to merge into the softer lighting of 'quaint,' and cultivated people become interested in it, and finally it begins to take on the archaic dignity of the primitive. (Northrop Frye)

Modern dancing is old fashioned. (Samuel Goldwyn)

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

Fashion is the abortive issue of vain ostentation and exclusive egotism: it is haughty, trifling, affected, servile, despotic, mean and ambitious, precise and fantastical, all in a breath – tied to no rule, and bound to conform to every whim of the minute. (William Hazlitt)

I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions. (Lillian Hellman)

The world will see many fashions of art and most of the world will follow the fashions and make none. These cults - these 'movements' - are absolutely necessary, or at any rate their causes are, for somewhere in their centres are the ones who bear the Idea, the ones who have questioned, 'But what do I think?' and 'How shall I say it best?' (Robert Henri)

There are three things which the public will always clamour for, sooner or later: namely, Novelty, novelty, novelty. (Thomas Hood)

Yep, we're like those 2-year-olds in a room full of toys. When one child picks up a particular toy, another child is suddenly interested in it. (Marvin Humphrey)

I realize that protest paintings are not exactly in vogue, but I've done many. (Robert Indiana)

Fashions fade, style is eternal. (Yves Saint Laurent)

Scientists - the crowd that for dash and style make the general public look like the Bloomsbury set. (Fran Lebowitz)

Whatever is not eternal is eternally out of date. (C. S. Lewis)

Hip is the sophistication of the wise primitive in a giant jungle. (Norman Mailer)

Fashion is like the ashes left behind by the uniquely shaped flames of the fire, the trace alone revealing that a fire actually took place. (Paul De Man)

Being an artist/creative is like wearing funky clothing. Every year gets a little bit harder. After a while it just looks stupid. (Hugh McLeod)

Obsolescence never meant the end of anything, it's just the beginning. (Marshall McLuhan)

It's a new era in fashion - there are no rules. (Alexander McQueen)

At the moment you choose which clothes you want to wear and you look the same to everyone. But there's some people out there for whom you would like them to see you in a different way. You will be able present yourself in different ways to different people using this digital fashion concept. (Ian Pearson, futurologist)

In words as fashions the same rule will hold, / Alike fantastic if too new or old; / Be not the first by whom the new are tried, / Nor yet the last to lay the old aside. (Alexander Pope)

You are never to lose sight of nature; the instant you do, you are all abroad, at the mercy of every gust of fashion, without knowing or seeing the point to which you ought to steer. (Sir Joshua Reynolds)

Art stays and fashion goes. Too much design and 'art' is only fashion and fad. (Norman Ridenour)

He who always goes against the fashion is himself its slave. (Francois de La Rochefoucauld)

I took to wearing a black tie known as the Ascot, with long drooping ends. I had seen pictures of painters, sculptors, poets, wearing this style of tie. (Carl Sandburg)

For an idea ever to be fashionable is ominous, since it must afterwards be always old-fashioned. (George Santayana)

Appearance rules the world. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

The fashion wears out more apparel than the man. (William Shakespeare)

Fashions, after all, are only induced epidemics. (George Bernard Shaw)

If you're behind the times, they won't notice you. If you're right in tune with them, you're no better than they are, so they won't care much for you. Be just a little ahead of them. (Shel Silverstein)

He who goes against fashion is himself a slave. (Logan Pearsall Smith)

Fashion is a potency in art, making it hard to judge between the temporary and the lasting. (Edmund C. Stedman)

Nothing is so hideous as an obsolete fashion. (Stendhal)

Artists may be overly burdened with art history, and unduly influenced by fashion. (Lorraine Stiefenhofer)

The function of fashionable art is to give fashionable people a painless simulation of culture. (Billy Childish and Charles Thomson)

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

He never chooses an opinion; he just wears whatever happens to be in style. (Leo Tolstoy)

Novelty is seldom the essential... make a subject better from its intrinsic nature. (Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec)

Fashion seldom interferes with nature without diminishing her grace and efficiency. (Henry Theodore Tuckerman)

Their costumes, as to architecture, were the latest fashion intensified; they were rainbow-hued; they were hung with jewels - chiefly diamonds. It would have been plain to any eye that it had cost something to upholster these women. (Mark Twain)

The fashion industry is running around trying to find that one unique idea, but it's afraid of experiencing it. (Author unknown)

If Botticelli were alive today he'd be working for Vogue. (Peter Ustinov)

The changing styles are the expression of a restless search for something which shall commend itself to our aesthetic sense; but as each innovation is subject to the selective action of the norm of conspicuous waste, the range within which innovation can take place is somewhat restricted. The innovation must not only be more beautiful, or perhaps oftener less offensive, than that which it displaces, but it must also come up to the accepted standard of expensiveness. (Thorstein Veblen)

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

HELPED are those who live in quietness, knowing neither brand name nor fad; they shall live every day as if in eternity, and each moment shall be as full as it is long. (Alice Walker)

Perhaps an addendum to 'this too shall pass' should be 'but given time, it shall return.' (Lesley White)

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

It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned. (Oscar Wilde)

Radical Chic, after all, is only radical in Style; in its heart it is part of Society and its traditions - Politics, like Rock, Pop, and Camp, has its uses. (Tom Wolfe)


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