the test of a good model is she must look like the clothes she’s wearing belong to her
geoffery beene

a couturier must be an architect for design, a sculptor for shape, a painter for colour, a musician for harmony and a philosopher for temperance
cristobal balenciaga

finding the right balance between the creative and the commercial has always been my work. the 2 are not necessarily opposed
rei kawakubo

i set the fashion for a quater of a century. why? because i knew how to express my own time
coco chanel

a new fashion designer creates a new markets, and the press will help
kuki de salvertes

don’t you think that a lot of designers get into fashion because they have something about themselves that they don’t like?
narciso rodriguez

the best dresses are like t-shirts – you just put them on and forget about them
marc jacobs

if a body can no longer be accentuated, it should be abstracted
rudi gernreich

are you crazy? i don’t want to wear ideas. i don’t want to have all these complicated thing
gwyneth paltrow

i shared this idea that fashion starts with a movement, an allure: elusive, defined through perfect proportions
hedi slimane on yves saint laurent after the day he passed away

the coolest stuff is stuff that works,…. stuff that is a notch above everybody else in performance. if it’s all about style and being hip and cool, it’s probably not that hip and cool.
tinker hatfirld, designer of air max i, jordans, etc., on form and function


if you want to be recognized for designing a good or even great building, forget about what you want the building to be; ask instead, ‘what does the building want to be?
matthew frederick

the success of the masterpieces seems to lie not so much in their freedom from faults – indeed we tolerate the grossest errors in them all – but in the immense persuasiveness of a mind which has completely mastered its perspective
virginia woolf

i’ve seen a little more of the world than others because i stand on the shoulders of gaints
issac newton

if a theory can not be explained to a child, then the theory is probably worthless
albert einstein

an experience that changes nothing is hardly worth having
martin margiela

paul’s great strength is to take something very simple and make something new and very profound
maurice obstfeld on paul krugman, 2008 nobel memorial prize in economic science

life is right, and the architect is wrong
le corbusier (toward the end of his life)

i’ve always wanted to be part of things but also to preserve my individuality
liz tiberis

make subtlety obvious
billy wilder

people want to go where they wanted to be led
edward bernays

the only way to spend your like is to reinvert the things around you and try to change people’s mind
tiber kalman

everything must be design for a purpose
thomas burberry

a successful object is one which exists beyond its own reality, which creates a dual (and not merely interactlve) relation (with its users also), a relation of contradiction, misappropriation and destablilisation
jean baudrillard

writers don’t read because they find that all the best tragedies and love stories were already written
a friend of alber elbaz

but you must realize; i onlyl take results. i’ve worked all my life on results
diane vreeland

i think i always had a perfectly clear view of what was possible for the public. “give’em what they never knew they wanted”
diane vreeland

well, no architect should do it unless he can’t help doing it
philip johnson

ideas matter a lot, the underlying ideas that stand behind policies. when you don’t have ideas, your policies are flip-flopping all over the place. when you do have ideas, you have more consistency. and when you have the right ideas — then you can get somewhere (reagan had the right ideas)
george shultz


practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good, it’s the thing you do that makes you good
malcolm gladwell on anders ericsson’s ’10 years rule’

leadership is helping other people grow and succeed. it is not just about you. it’s all about them…. everyone deserves a chance…. you can never let yourself be a victim
jack welch

management that is destructively critical when mistakes are made kills initiative. and it’s essential that we have many people with initiative if we are to continue to grow
william mcknight of 3M

people like Small love the game, sure. you cannot bounce back from rejection after rejection without inextinguishable passion

please don’t say you work for joe dumars. please say we work together
joe dumars to larry brown

the people who work here are doing what they’ve wanted to do their whole lives
john lasseter on the secret of pixar’s success

never let the perfect be the enemy of the good
ted kennedy

flesh was the reason oil paint was invented
de kooning

hey, whether you’re here 1 year, 2 years, or 5 weeks, whatever, you’ve got to be committed.
[wife] deanna telling brett favre after him signing with the new york jets


the measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune

it is useless to send armies against ideas
victor hugo

people will always try to stop you from doing the right thing if it is unconventional
warren buffett

stop talking all the time
alber elbaz’s mom

all of my life shown me that if you wanted something enough, if you were passionate enough, it would happen
jean paul gaultier

i have no interest in being famous. i just want to make famous photographs
david lachapelle

the time is always right to do what is right
martin luther king

we’re doing what we love. what greater success is there?
cecilia dean

…. every trial is a battle for credibility…. and it’s the thing that you have to earn. and if you ever lost it you can’t get it back
john edwards

it’s not the strongest of the species that surviue, but the one most responsive to change
charles darwin

the aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress
joseph joubert

don’t get too comfortable. we are here for a certain period of time, and how much of your life are you gonna choose to spend with distractions? how do you make your choices? what is important?
david chase

if you want easy, don’t pick fashion
john galliano

you can say what you want to say, but till you do something, it don’t mean nothing
quentin richardson

in any bad situation you can not let yourself be a victim
jack welch

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