I don't care who I am, with whatever job I do, wearing whatever labels I wear, I would never ever EVER want to be caught wearing the same thing as someone else. Even when I was attending a uniform school I would be so upset if I saw someone wearing the same maroon shirt-khaki skort combination even though that was one of the only 3 options we had so it happened fairly often. When I finally attended public school for what felt like the first time ever despite my 6 years of elementary education I made sure to never wear something I thought I might see someone else in. That could easily be seen as my moment of revelation. Realizing the value in visual aesthetic and it's connectivity to our personal psychology. A while ago I wrote down these quotes from an article I had read on Diane Vreeland and her opinion of style and the fashion industry. She is someone that I definitely consider to have been a great advocate of using dress as an expression of the self all while being well informed on what it meant. I thought that you all might be interested to read them too.
“You gotta have style. It helps you get down the stairs. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life. Without it, you’re nobody. I’m not talking about lots of clothes.Style—all who have it share one thing: originality.”
“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. Give ‘em what they never knew they wanted."
“I think when you’re young you should be a lot with yourself and your sufferings. Then one day you get out where the sun shines and the rain rains and the snow snows and it all comes together.”
“V always did stand for people’s lives. I mean, a new dress doesn't get you anywhere; it’s the life you’re living in the dress, and the sort of life you had lived before, and what you will do in it later."
“I was always fascinated by the absurdities and luxuries and the snobbism of the world that fashion magazines showed. Of course, it’s not for everyone...But I lived in that world, not only during my years in the magazines business but for years before, because I was always that world-- at least in my imagination.”