For me, art is about learning and about living with people. It’s alive. I wanted to dress the woman who lives and works, not the woman in a painting. If you cut a painter’s hands off, he’d still feel the urge to pick up a brush. I didn’t want to be a fashion designer, and for a good half of my career I didn’t like it. I always wanted to do other things. I didn’t want to be a fashion designer, and for a good half of my career I didn’t like it. I always wanted to do other things.
There is always an emotional element to anything that you make. There are only three things I can do – make a dress, decorate a house, and entertain people. Those fashion designers are just crazy; but aren’t we all? 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. You have to stay true to your heritage; that’s what your brand is about.
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. An evening dress that reveals a woman's ankles while walking is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen. You can hide so much behind theatrics, and I don't need to do that any more. Fashions fade, style is eternal. I think it's an old fashioned notion that fashion needs to be exclusive to be fashionable.