The idea of seeing everybody clad the same is not really my cup of tea
For me, elegance is not to pass unnoticed but to get to the very soul of what one is.
In Italy, the Milanese are well organized but follow bourgeois taste. They adhere to certain codes of elegance, but not to individualism.
There are days when I'm completely depressed and able to do only one drawing
The world needs some excitement from fashion.
For me, haute couture is a necessity. I never would have done this job were it not for haute couture. It is a comfort, a security. I almost feel it is our duty to continue. Haute couture is France. We have to keep all the skills and craftmanship alive.
People want to be in their own fashion tribes, so they want to wear the same clothes to be connected to everyone else in that tribe. But they want to be different from other tribes.
I think it's always difficult to reconcile the needs of art and business.
I look for friends who make me laugh.
The notion of time bothers me. You look at thirty-year-old photographs and realize how the time has passed.
Haute Couture should be fun, foolish and almost unwearable.
Going out in Paris was like going out in the '30s dressed like the Andrews Sisters. It was everything I'd seen in books at my grandparents' house, only it was our generation.
French design hardly exists, except as artificial modernism.
I'd experienced the '40s and '50s by looking at my grandparents' old clothes, books, and magazines
They say that the best furniture and clothing design from the '50s and '60s is Scandinavian or Milanese.
But some one will say that this supreme Being, who made all things, and those also who conferred on men particular benefits, are entitled to their respective worship.
But the Milanese have made bad choices, bad fashion, and bad jewelry.
For me, I am still very happy to be able to do stage design as it's an opportunity to express the extreme.
With the development of the Christian Lacroix house in Paris and my work notably for the theater, it wasn't serious doing things by half.
That was the idea behind glam clubs like Seven and The New Eve. You could eat and dance to live music. To enter you had to descend a grand staircase.
I translated Beatles songs for my English class.
Perhaps I shouldn't have been influenced by the idea that my name could be spread across the entire world.
If I was a fashion designer just following trends or designing for celebrities, I would not be fulfilled.
Italy is a divided country without a center.
I never loved the world around me as it was.
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