They create iconic looks, revolutionize how you see your every day wardrobe, or view the world through prestige-branded glasses… These are the fashion designers who set the tone of the industry for the rest of us.
Here are some of my favorite quotes on fashion design from those who have defined it:
"Certain dressmakers desire to pass for an artist. I have one ambition: that is to have good taste." -Jean Patou
"The whole point of design is to make people feel better about themselves." -Geoffrey Beene
"When you see a woman in my clothes, you want to know more about them. To me, that is what distinguishes good designers from bad designers." "Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment." -Alexander McQueen
“You cannot do something just for the money. You have to do things you believe in and eventually you will make money." -Miuccia Prada
"Elegance is a physical quality. If a woman doesn't have it naked, she'll never have it clothed." -Karl Lagerfeld.
"I don't want to compare myself to God. I'm already a saint." Yves-Saint Laurent.
"Only in Paris do couture workers, from seamstress to mannequin, worship a dress and treat it like a baby." -Pierre Balmain
"I do not design for photographers and reporters". -Coco Chanel
"To show the relativity of what's good taste and what's not is something I like to play with. " -Jean Paul Gaultier
"There are three fashion periods: the past, the present and Mae West." - Edith Head.
"I would just die if I couldn't create a collection." -Valentino
"I don't pretend to do original things. Dresses aren't creations. Since a dress was a dress, it had two sleeves and one skirt." -Diane Von Furstenburg
"The pieces of sculpture I create for myself in fabric attempt to find a certain resemblance to a rock in their purity, in order to obtain a kind of perfection." -Madame Gres
"The most erotic zone is the imagination." -Vivienne Westwood
"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." -
"Anyone who thinks designers don't talk to editors, and editors don't talk to stores doesn't know what's happening...It's called crossover, sampling all references in music, art and fashion." -Marc Jacobs
"Designers used to be notorious for coming in late, leaving late and taking long lunch hours. Not any more. Today's designers work like hell". -Liz Claiborne
Happy New Year and have a prosperous, creative 2011!Collage by Wendy Plovmand