My relationships with producers or photographers – these are relationships that took years. I am especially grateful that I have been able to keep my own style over the decades, in spite of the many changes that have taken place in the world of fashion and in its business. Clothes can transform your mood and confidence. It’s a philosophy of life. A practice. If you do this, something will change, what will change is that you will change, your life will change, and if you can change you, you can perhaps change the world. My relationships with producers or photographers – these are relationships that took years.
I’m used to always deciding everything myself. It’s a blessing, but also a terrible defect. I always thought what you wore underneath was as important as what you wear on top. Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future. I don’t really know how to do casual clothes. My aim is to make the poor look rich and the rich look poor.
I love the 2000s because everyone started to love haute couture. We have got to change our ethics and our financial system and our whole way of understanding the world. It has to be a world in which people live rather than die; a sustainable world. It could be great. Age and size are only numbers. It’s the attitude you bring to clothes that make the difference. I love women’s fashion, but women don’t need me as much as men do. It’s the men who have nothing to wear. I want to thank all the women who have worn my clothes, the famous and the unknown, who have been so faithful to me and given me so much joy.