“Fashion is primitive in its insistence on exhibitionism, which withers in isolation. The catwalk fashion show with its incandescent hype is its apotheosis. A ritualized gathering of connoiseurs and the spoilt at a spotlit parade of snazzy pulchritude, it is an industrialized version of the pagan festivals of renewal. At the end of each seasonal display, a priesthood is enjoined to carry news of the omens to the masses.”
[Stephen Bayley (b. 1951), British design critic. “Fashion: Being and Dressing,” pt. 2, Taste (1991).]
“It pains me physically to see a woman victimized, rendered pathetic, by fashion.”
Yves Saint Laurent.
WELL, A ONE-LINE QUOTE-A WHOLE LESSON FOR MADAME PRADA.