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The 45 Famous Fashion Quotes By People Who’ve Had An Impact On The Fashion Industry

Here are 45 of the best fashion quotes from some of our favourite fashion designers and style icons; sometimes provocative and, in most occasions, timeless!

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1. “People will stare. Make it worth their while.” – Harry Winston

2. “Luxury is the ease of a t-shirt in a very expensive dress.” – Karl Lagerfeld

3. “And now, I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time.” – Lady Gaga

4. “My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses.” – Audrey Hepburn

5. “A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste—it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.” – Diana Vreeland

6. “One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress.” – Karl Lagerfeld

7. “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” – Coco Chanel

8. “I firmly believe that with the right footwear one can rule the world.” – Bette Midler

9. “I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.” – Diana Vreeland

10. “A woman’s dress should be a like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.” – Sophia Loren

11. “Elegance is elimination.” – Cristóbal Balenciaga

12. “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” – Rachel Zoe

13. “I don’t approach fashion. Fashion approaches me!” – Daphne Guinness

14. “We have this saying, Christy and I. We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.” – Linda Evangelista

15. “My look is a cocktail. I’m not as nicely turned out as the french, but I don’t care like the English.” – Jane Birkin

16. “More is more and less is a bore.” – ris Apfel

17. “Clothes are like a good meal, a good movie, great pieces of music.” – Michael Kors

18. “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.” – ves Saint Laurent

19. “Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” – Bo Derek

20. “Big girls need big diamonds.” – Elizabeth Taylor

21. “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.” – Karl Lagerfeld

22. “Men tell me that I’ve saved their marriages. It costs them a fortune in shoes, but it’s cheaper than a divorce. So I’m still useful, you see” – Manolo Blahnik

23. “What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” – Miuccia Prada

24. “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel

25. “Attitude is everything.” – Diane von Furstenberg

26. “We must never confuse elegance with snobbery.” – Yves Saint Laurent

27. “Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends.” – Kate Spade

28. “Elegance is not standing out, but being remembered.” – Giorgio Armani

29. “Your dresses should be tight enough to show you’re a woman and loose enough to show you’re a lady.” – Edith Head

30. “The hardest thing in fashion is not to be known for a logo, but to be known for a silhouette.” – Giambattista Valli

31. “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.” – Gianni Versace

32. “In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous.” – Elsa Schiaparelli

33. “You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.” – Christian Dior

34. “I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet.” – Carrie Bradshaw

35. “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” – Kate Moss

36. “I can’t concentrate in flats!” – Victoria Beckham

37. “I don’t do fashion. I am fashion.” – Coco Chanel

38. “Walk like you have three men walking behind you.” – Oscar de la Renta

39. “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” – Edith Head

40. “Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” – Bill Cunningham

41. “When in doubt, wear red.” – Bill Blass

42. “I don’t design clothes. I design dreams.” – Ralph Lauren

43. “Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.” – Marc Jacobs

44. “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” – Yves Saint Laurent

45. “Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” – Alexander Wang

Few extra:

1. “How can you live the high life if you do not wear the high heels?” – Sonia Rykiel

2. “Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.” – Lauren Hutton

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

4. “I know what women want. They want to be beautiful.” – Valentino Garavani

5. “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” – Coco Chanel

[Picture credits: Kelsey Autumn Rowe, Lauren Hammersley, and Lina Shekhovtsova wearing @stephancaras – Stephan Caras.]


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