“Femininity…has nothing to do with wearing ruffles. You can show your femininity regardless of what you wear. Your attitude will show it. Femininity and feminism go hand and hand.” —Tina Chow, jewelry designer, model, muse and style icon. Painting by Andy Warhol. Photo by marvelous photographer Arthur Elgort. To read more fabulous Fashion Statements, click here.
“It’s almost a duty to keep your body svelte—for other people’s sake.”
—Erté, a Russian artist who illustrated 250 covers for Harper’s Bazaar magazine from 1915 to 1936, and designed sets and costumes for Hollywood films and movie stars, and was born on this day in 1892. The artist lived to be 97 years old and exercised every day without fail: 15 minutes after he woke up and five minutes before dinnertime. In his 1975 biography, Things I Remember, he wrote that he believed it was the duty of every person to “make himself as attractive as possible,” and that while “not many of us are born beautiful,” clothing could transform people into “things of beauty or ugliness.”
“Anything new and beautiful makes one think beautiful thoughts.”
—Irene (1900–1962), Hollywood costume designer for more than 100 films and fashion designer, who committed suicide on this day in 1962. This quote was recorded just a few days earlier, when she was speaking to a reporter after presenting her collection for the annual California Fashion Show in Beverly Hills. She received her second Academy Award nomination for Doris Day’s wardrobe in Midnight Lace (photo, below right). To read more fabulous Fashion Statements, click here.