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Born: 1941-04-08
Profession: Designer
Nation: English
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What I remember as a child is that other kids didn't care about suffering. I always did.

Tags: Care, Remember, Suffering

The age in which we live, this non-stop distraction, is making it more impossible for the young generation to ever have the curiosity or discipline... because you need to be alone to find out anything.

Tags: Age, Alone, Young

We wanted to step off our island and add the color of the third world. We got gold cigarette paper and stuck it around our teeth. We really did look like pirates and dressed to look the part.

Tags: Off, Step, Wanted

All that self-expression has just created a generation of morons, hooked on an endless appetite for rubbish.

Tags: Endless, Generation, Morons

Every time I have to look up a word in the dictionary, I'm delighted.

Tags: Dictionary, Time, Word

However, because Britain is young and exciting, I did show my second line here once or twice.

Tags: Here, Show, Young

I always tried to do things by example, even though I was not a very good mother regarding routines and family life.

Tags: Family, Good, Life

I am in my own head most of the time.

Tags: Head, Time

I didn't do anything at the Queen, whom I admire.

Tags: Admire, Queen, Whom

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.

Tags: Career, Fashion, Good

I disagree with everything I used to say.

Tags: Disagree, Used

I don't feel comfortable defending my clothes. But if you've got the money to afford them, then buy something from me. Just don't buy too much.

Tags: Afford, Clothes, Money

I don't follow politics much.

Tags: Follow, Politics

I don't have faith in young people any more. I don't waste time trying to communicate with them.

Tags: Faith, Time, Trying

I don't have space to enter into the examples or the history of this, so I'm left with having to make the bold statement that culture is extinct.

Tags: Culture, History, Left

I don't watch television and I rarely go to the cinema, but I recently watched 'The King's Speech' on a flight. It was so beautiful and so simple.

Tags: Beautiful, Simple, Speech

I have considered voting Conservative because I am so against the Labour party.

Tags: Against, Party, Voting

I love designing at the moment, I'm so happy with my work.

Tags: Happy, Love, Work

I never look at fashion magazines. I find them incredibly boring.

Tags: Boring, Fashion, Incredibly

I tend not to like an awful lot of what is going out under my name now because it is just all product. Who needs it?

Tags: Awful, Name, Needs

I think feminists are unaware of the tremendous extent of the role of women in history.

Tags: History, Role, Women

I think I've got wiser.

Tags: Wiser

I used to always fight for human rights. I still fight for Leonard Peltier, who's spent 35 years in jail for a crime he didn't commit.

Tags: Fight, Human, Used

I very rarely watch my own fashion shows, but the makeup for my Fall 2011 show was just brilliant.

Tags: Fall, Fashion, Show

I was a punk before it got its name. I had that hairstyle and purple lipstick.

Tags: Lipstick, Name, Punk

I'd like to be the last person alive in the world! Yes, I'd like to know what happens.

Tags: Alive, Happens, Last
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I'll tell you what I was like as a child. I was a good person. I was high-spirited but I was a big reader.

Tags: Big, Good, Tell

I'm a fashion designer and people think, what do I know?

Tags: Designer, Fashion

I'm the proof - you can't throw away tradition.

Tags: Away, Throw, Tradition

If you saw Queen Elizabeth it would be amazing, she came from another planet. She was so attractive in what she was wearing.

Tags: Amazing, Another, She

In history people dressed much better than we do today.

Tags: Dressed, History, Today

In Italy they take cheap cloth and make it look expensive, but I take expensive cloth and make it look cheap. They just don't understand.

Tags: Cheap, Italy, Understand

More people should read books. It's the most concentrated experience you can have.

Tags: Books, Experience, Read

My beauty secret is absolutely no sun.

Tags: Beauty, Secret, Sun

People have never looked so ugly as they do today. We just consume far too much.

Tags: Far, Today, Ugly

The arts have only ever interested a small minority of people, which acted as a kind of nursery to support artists.

Tags: Interested, Small, Support

The French have got taste.

Tags: French, Taste

The last people with any ideas are young people.

Tags: Ideas, Last, Young

To me, reading a fashion magazine is the last thing I need to do. I've got books I need to read.

Tags: Fashion, Last, Read

We based the look on rock 'n roll right from the beginning.

Tags: Based, Beginning, Rock

What changed our lives forever was when Malcolm had the idea to sell rock 'n roll records to trendy customers.

Tags: Idea, Lives, Rock

What I'm always trying to say to the consumer is: buy less, choose well, make it last.

Tags: Last, Less, Trying

When I was a little girl you used to learn to sew all the holes in things, darning socks, but nobody mends things anymore.

Tags: Girl, Learn, Used

I've got a real sense of three-dimensional geometry. I can look at a flat piece of fabric and know that if I put a slit in it and make some fabric travel around a square, then when you lift it up it will drape in a certain way, and I can feel how that will happen.

Tags: Happen, Real, Travel

Economists treat economics as if it is a pure science divorced from the facts of life. The result of this false accountancy is a willful confusion under cover of which industry wreaks its havoc scot-free and ignores the environmental cost.

Tags: Confusion, Life, Science

I think it is a good thing to buy less and choose well - it's good for the environment and to be fair it's also good for me because my clothes are quite expensive.

Tags: Fair, Good, Less

I think some people would love to be able to make the clothes I make - and of course, I do influence them, but they keep simplifying, and minimalism doesn't quite work.

Tags: Keep, Love, Work

Our economic system, run for profit and waste and based primarily on the extractive industries, is the cause of climate change. We have wasted the earth's treasure and we can no longer exploit it cheaply.

Tags: Change, Earth, Run

We moved into the back, made it into a little 50s sitting room and started to sell the records. We had an immediate success. For one thing, these Teddy Boys were thrilled to buy the records.

Tags: Room, Started, Success

At one time, I was very angry. I even treated fashion like a kind of crusade: you were either with us or against us, that kind of feeling. Now I know we need ideas, not kicking down a door.

Tags: Angry, Feeling, Time

Britishness is just a way of putting things together and a certain don't care attitude about clothes. You don't care, you just do it and it looks great.

Tags: Attitude, Care, Great

But, having a perfume and license, in general, is a financial necessity. A designer must, to reap back the money spent on prototypes and all that sort of thing.

Tags: Financial, Money, Reap

But, the thing is, since I always had my own little shop and direct access to the public, I've been able to build up a technique without marketing people ever telling me what the public wants.

Tags: Able, Public, Since

Even though it was the 70s, we found old stocks of clothes that had never been worn from the 50s and took them apart. I started to teach myself how to make clothes from that kind of formula.

Tags: Found, Old, Started

I always thought we had an environmental problem, but I hadn't realized how urgent it was. James Lovelock writes that by the end of this century there will be one billion people left.

Tags: End, Problem, Thought

I own my own company, so I've never had businessmen telling me what to do or getting worried if something doesn't sell. I've always had my own access to the public, because I started off making my clothes for a little shop and so I've always had people buying them.

Tags: Getting, Making, Off

I think dress, hairstyle and make-up are the crucial factors in projecting an attractive persona and give one the chance to enhance one's best physical features.

Tags: Best, Chance, Give

I was still interested in the youth rebellion but never-the-less I stopped being a victim. Stopped trying to attack the establishment realizing that it takes too much of your energy.

Tags: Energy, Trying, Youth

I'm not sure what I think about current fashion, though. A few years ago, I would have said it's really, really bad and you hardly ever see anybody looking good. There must be some very good designers in the world.

Tags: Bad, Fashion, Good

I've always felt heroic about my life... As a child, I remember little girls in the playground moaning about how boys could do more than they could. I didn't think that was the case at all. My parents didn't treat me as a girl.

Tags: Girl, Life, Parents

If you see everything from the point of view of women being victims in some way, you don't see the wood for the trees. It is better to be a person than a woman.

Tags: Point, Woman, Women

It is extremely difficult to say how long the process actually took to finally achieve my fragrance, Boudoir, because there was a lot of time waiting around for other people.

Tags: Difficult, Time, Waiting

The young Japanese, especially, love to wear the latest thing and when they come to London they head for my shops as part of what they want to find in Britain.

Tags: Head, Love, Young

There is no hierarchy of values any more. Real progress is due mainly to human genius, and that's rare, and usually stems from a real elite, from a hierarchy.

Tags: Human, Progress, Real

There's nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere.

Tags: Anywhere, Else, London

Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.

Tags: Fashion, Pleasure, Worth

I am attracted to people who make this effort in knowing what suits them - they are individual and stylish.

Tags: Effort, Individual, Knowing

I can't think without my glasses.

Tags: Glasses

Don't just eat McDonald's, get something a bit better. Eat a salad. That's what fashion is. It's something that is a bit better.

Tags: Bit, Eat, Fashion

It is not possible for a man to be elegant without a touch of femininity.

Tags: Femininity, Possible, Touch

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.

Tags: Change, Life, Philosophy

Personally I'm not a feminist, as I can't stand puritans.

Tags: Feminist, Personally, Stand

There is so much that people take for granted.

Tags: Granted

In the morning, I practice 15 minutes of yoga.

Tags: Minutes, Morning, Practice

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.

Tags: Change, Die, Great

If you're too big to fit into fashion, then you just have to do your own fashion.

Tags: Big, Fashion, Fit

My son has followed fashion since he was a punk. He and I agree that fashion is about sex.

Tags: Fashion, Sex, Son

Feminists wish women to seem like men. They're not men.

Tags: Men, Wish, Women

The only possible effect one can have on the world is through unpopular ideas.

Tags: Effect, Ideas, Possible

You have a more interesting life if you wear impressive clothes.

Tags: Clothes, Impressive, Life

Everybody looks like clones and the only people you notice are my age. I don't notice anybody unless they look great, and every now and again they do, and they are usually 70.

Tags: Again, Age, Great

I think it's important to vote.

Tags: Vote

I was the first person to have a punk rock hairstyle.

Tags: Hairstyle, Punk, Rock

If you hear Anarchy in the UK today your hair stands on end. It gives you the shivers.

Tags: End, Hair, Today

If you wear clothes that don't suit you, you're a fashion victim. You have to wear clothes that make you look better.

Tags: Clothes, Fashion, Victim

My biggest criticism is how can people be so easily satisfied? Even people with talent.

Tags: Criticism, Satisfied, Talent

My clothes are very popular in Japan.

Tags: Clothes, Japan, Popular

Prince Charles is definitely my hero; he uses his position to do only good in this world.

Tags: Good, Hero, Position

The muscular, athletic type is not representative of the human race, who are varied in their physique.

Tags: Athletic, Human, Race
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