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Quotes of the Day for 7 June 2001 – Fashion

George Bryan Brummel, the English dandy better known as Beau, lived only to be graceful, stylish, and witty. Born on this day in 1778, he set the fashions in British society for some time, possibly inventing the necktie. To mark the day, here are some caustic comments on Fashion.

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The quotes:

Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are.
     - Quentin Crisp

Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity; and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom.
     - George Bernard Shaw

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
     - Oscar Wilde

Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.
     - Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Art produces ugly things which frequently become beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.
     - Jean Cocteau

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