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Born: 1949-06-27
Profession: Designer
Nation: American
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My mother was extremely controlled, sort of flawless. And I always tend to be a bit more hippie.

Tags: Bit, Hippie, Mother

My normal routine is pretty much putting out fires all day.

Tags: Normal, Pretty, Routine

People get very trapped where they are. When they hear 'fashion' they get intimidated, particularly at the upper end because it's so elitist.

Tags: End, Fashion, Hear

The great thing about having a pool in L.A. is that I can use it year-round. And since I've always been an athlete, staying fit is very important.

Tags: Fit, Great, Since

They never ask the celebrities why they don't wear their own clothes on the red carpet.

Tags: Ask, Clothes, Why

When you have a passion for something then you tend not only to be better at it, but you work harder at it too.

Tags: Harder, Passion, Work

I wanted to define the vocabulary of a wedding both visually and intellectually. The book is about more than weddings or wedding dresses. It's a metaphor for women's lives, their creativity.

Tags: Book, Wedding, Women

Let's be realistic, how many people are buying a $2,000 skirt? I love to design things that people can actually buy. I'm staggered by what a boot costs today.

Tags: Design, Love, Today

Even the most understated ceremony involves a certain respect for ritual and pageantry. No one plays more of a significant role than the bride's attendants.

Tags: Bride, Respect, Role

I adore the challenge of creating truly modern clothes, where a woman's personality and sense of self are revealed. I want people to see the dress, but focus on the woman.

Tags: Focus, Self, Woman

I do think I know more about clothes than any 500 designers, because there's nothing like wearing them. You buy them, you study them, and you start to understand how they're crafted.

Tags: Start, Study, Understand

I hate phones. All businesses are personal businesses, and I always try my best to get back to people, but sometimes the barrage of calls is so enormous that if I just answered calls I would do nothing else.

Tags: Best, Hate, Try

I see myself as a true modernist. Even when I do a traditional gown, I give it a modern twist. I go to the past for research. I need to know what came before so I can break the rules.

Tags: Give, Past, True

I started at the very highest level so the upper end is something I know very well. I know it instinctively. But all the years I was designing, it frustrated me that I could reach so few women.

Tags: End, Few, Women

I was the girl who nobody thought would ever get married. I was going to be a fashion nun the rest of my life. There are generations of them, those fashion nuns, living, eating, breathing clothes.

Tags: Girl, Life, Thought

I was trying to manage school and training for the Olympics and ended up not doing well at either. That was a big lesson in my life. My mother expected both.

Tags: Life, Mother, School

I work with structure, but I go outside the box and give it my own spin. I adore the challenge of creating truly modern clothes - where a woman's personality and sense of style are realized.

Tags: Give, Woman, Work

I've been designing since I was 8. I started sketching dresses I could wear when skating. I was always involved in all aspects of skating, not just the technique, the choreography, the music, but the visual aspects, too - what I should wear.

Tags: Music, Since, Started

It is horrible to say, but I was stigmatized by being a bridal designer for a long time. I am amazed I have been able to move beyond it. I had really all but given up trying, but I did it because it was my lifelong dream.

Tags: Dream, Time, Trying

It's for all the women who embrace my aesthetic, but can't afford a Vera Wang dress. If women can get anything out of it - a little bit of me or a lot of me, that's what's important.

Tags: Bit, Dress, Women

It's hard to juggle being a businessperson with being a creative person. You have to organize yourself - PR needs me for PR, and the licensing division needs me for licensing, the bridal people need me for bridal.

Tags: Creative, Hard, Yourself

Just because you're from a city ten miles outside of St. Paul. It doesn't mean you don't read magazines, or the incredible Internet, and what's going on in the world. I never, ever take a client, or women, for granted.

Tags: Mean, Read, Women

New York for me is about work. If L.A. were to become a West Coast version of that, I'd shoot myself. The climate, the lifestyle - it really fits as the yin to my New York yang.

Tags: Become, Lifestyle, Work
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The funny thing is that I'm the girl who no one sees at the beach. Ask anyone who's traveled with me. Normally, I'm in so many layers, I look like Lawrence of Arabia!

Tags: Anyone, Funny, Girl

There was no relationship between a wedding dress and fashion. There was no good taste, either. I realized that I could make an impression in terms of changing and readdressing the whole industry of bridal.

Tags: Fashion, Good, Wedding

When I decided to get married at 40, I couldn't find a dress with the modernity or sophistication I wanted. That's when I saw the opportunity for a wedding gown business.

Tags: Business, Wanted, Wedding

To me, eyewear goes way beyond being a prescription. It's like makeup. It's the most incredible accessory. The shape of a frame or the color of lenses can change your whole appearance.

Tags: Change, Color, Whole

The key is falling in love with something, anything. If your heart's attached to it, then your mind will be attached to it.

Tags: Heart, Love, Mind

As the mother of two daughters, I have great respect for women. And I don't ever want to lose that.

Tags: Great, Respect, Women

It takes tremendous will to compete in any athletic endeavor, so it meant going to bed early and getting my homework done in advance. I had to sacrifice things, like a social life, to be a skater at 15. But I loved skating so much that it was worth everything to me.

Tags: Done, Life, Sacrifice

Don't be afraid to take time to learn. It's good to work for other people. I worked for others for 20 years. They paid me to learn.

Tags: Good, Time, Work

When I design a wedding dress with a bustle, it has to be one the bride can dance in. I love the idea that something is practical and still looks great.

Tags: Great, Love, Wedding

Fashion offers no greater challenge than finding what works for night without looking like you are wearing a costume.

Tags: Challenge, Fashion, Night

Design is about point of view, and there should be some sort of woman or lifestyle or attitude in one's head as a designer.

Tags: Attitude, Design, Woman

A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.

Tags: Her, She, Woman

It's hard to balance everything. It's always challenging.

Tags: Balance, Hard

All those years of skating and dancing have carried over. I can't design anything without thinking of how a woman's body will look and move when she's wearing it.

Tags: Design, Thinking, Woman

Although in skating you compete with other people, anyone who achieves a certain level of success is first and foremost competing against themselves. And for me the idea that I could always do better, learn more, learn faster, is something that came from skating. But I carried that with me for the rest of my life.

Tags: Learn, Life, Success

Brides today are increasingly sensitive to the tastes, feelings and finances of their attendants.

Tags: Feelings, Sensitive, Today

Fashion to me has become very disposable; I wanted to get back to craft, to clothes that could last.

Tags: Become, Fashion, Wanted

I always see where I didn't do things the right way. I only see the heavy lifting. That's a bit of my wisdom, if you want to call it that.

Tags: Bit, Call, Wisdom

I am not the sort of woman who would wear high heels with a bathing suit. Let's get that straight right now.

Tags: Heels, High, Woman

I don't live through my kids. But I do know what will happen in life, and I just want them well prepared.

Tags: Happen, Kids, Life

I like the gritty parts of fashion, the design, the studio, the pictures.

Tags: Design, Fashion, Pictures

I love a black wedding dress.

Tags: Black, Love, Wedding

I make things of my own that aren't that glam, but I'm not known for that, which has always been a bit of a frustration for me.

Tags: Bit, Glam, Known

I see myself as an arbiter of taste.

Tags: Arbiter, Taste

I'm not really a girl who likes to go out to lunch or cocktails or store openings.

Tags: Girl, Likes, Lunch

I'm only waiting for Lindsay Lohan's fashion collection to come out. Ten years from now, there may be no real designers left.

Tags: May, Real, Waiting

It's a remarkable exercise to sit and look at your own work over the years.

Tags: Exercise, Sit, Work

My bedroom is my sanctuary. It's like a refuge, and it's where I do a fair amount of designing - at least conceptually, if not literally.

Tags: Bedroom, Fair, Refuge
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