JUSTINE PICARDIE is the author of four books, including her critically acclaimed memoir, If The Spirit Moves You. The former features director of British Vogue, she is currently a fashion columnist for Stella, and also writes for several other newspapers and magazines, including the Sunday... read more
“A dress is neither a tragedy, nor a painting; it is a charming and ephemeral creation, not an everlasting work of art. Fashion should die and die quickly, in order that commerce may survive... The more transient fashion is the more perfect it is. You can't protect what is already dead.”Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel
“Above is a gilt-framed painting of a lion, signifying Chanel's astrological sign of Leo, in commemoration of her birthday 19th August, although she was less willing to remember the year of her birth, 1883, adjusting it when it suited her purposes; even tearing it out of her passport. 'My age varies according to the days and the people I happen to be with,' she told a young American journalist in 1959, when she was 76. 'When I'm bored I feel very old, and since I'm extremely bored with you, I'm going to be a thousand years old in five minutes...'”Justine Picardie, Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel
“'Those on whom legends are built ARE their legends.'”Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel
“'I am not here to have fun, or to spend money like water. I am here to make a fortune.'”Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel
“'Fashion, like landscape, is a state of mind, by which I mean my own.'”Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel
“'I was my own master, and I depended on myself alone.'”Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel
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