67 Famous Fashion Quotes to Ignite & Inspire You

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Quotes are something we always use as an inspiration or simply to put a smile on our faces. It is, however, difficult to find the ones you are looking for in the huge labyrinth of them. There are so many, as there are more than a lot of inspirational people that have said something that changed the world, or at least changed the perception people had on different aspects of the world. As we are very interested in fashion, a domain that has especially changed very much in the last decades and is in a constant development, we have assembled a list of 67 famous fashion quotes to help you navigate through the development of fashion and not only.

Fashion was something that has always existed from the need of dressing to the need of showing different values as well as portraying the wealth of the family. The woman was the “object” of fashion for a very long period of time as she represented the wealth of the family she was part of. Besides, as fashion is considered to have truly started in Paris, during the Marie Antoinette era, her dressmaker is considered to be the first ever fashion designer. Thus, the first fashion quote chosen is from none other than Rose Bertin, Marie Antoinette’s dressmaker.

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[Tweet “”There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.”~ Rose Bertin”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Rose Bertin

Her talent and her “reinvention” of what was forgotten, put Paris on the fashion map and everybody across the world wanted to dress as Marie Antoinette. She became a trendsetter and Rose Bertin, became famous. Her fame was soon followed by the one of Charles Frederick Worth, a fashion designer in the more famous sense of the word, who changed perceptions and the shape of the dresses to make them more wearable.

However, nothing extremely notable happens in fashion until the 1900s when the true fashion revolution starts to shape the world. Until then, the differences are rather small, and there is no big revolution that comes from designs.


[Tweet ““Am I a fool when I dream of putting art in my dresses, a fool when I say dressmaking is an art?” ~ Paul Poiret”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Paul Poiret

Working with Worth and with several other designers of that time, he launched into the fashion revolution by changing the shape and perception of the female body. He is mainly forgotten, as, soon after came other big revolutionaries that have changed everything, inspiring themselves from what he started.



World War I changed the way people dressed and gave place to simpler looks, less embellishments and different coiffures. It was the time fashion was truly revolutionized and the moment when everything started going faster. With the appearance of Jean Patou, Jeanne Lanvin and Coco Chanel, the fashion world has not seen better times in terms of change and development. Chanel and Patou bringing sporty clothes to the world while Lanvin brought the skillful embroidered look that would later be associated with the name of the fashion house.


[Tweet “”A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous” ~Coco Chanel”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Coco Chanel-2

Just because there couldn’t be a list of famous fashion quotes without mentioning Coco Chanel a couple of times, right?


[Tweet “”The best things in life are free, the second best are very expensive!” ~ Coco Chanel”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Coco Chanel


[Tweet “”Everyday is a fashion show and the world is your runway” ~ Coco Chanel”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Coco Chanel-3

With the introduction of sporty clothing came the response through shoes, with two very big shoe designers Salvatore Ferragamo and André Perugia.


[Tweet “”New fashion begins in the mind of the designer, he must not stifle all his ideas merely because the world is not yet ready for them.”~ Salvatore Ferragamo”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Salvatore Ferragamo


The Great Depression followed soon afterward, and it represented a turning point in fashion as it’s effects started being felt all over the world. The two most prominent designers of that time were Elsa Schiaparelli, with crazy colors and surrealist designs and Madeleine Vionnet, with her timeless and beautiful gowns.


 [Tweet ““In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous!“~ Elsa Schiaparelli”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Elsa Schiaparelli


[Tweet ““When a woman smiles, the dress should smile as well!”~ Madeleine Vionnet”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Madeleine Vionnet


Then Hermés appeared in the fashion scene, first with handmade printed silk scarves and the expanding into practical innovations such as the zipper. Then came World War II and the fashion world began to crumble, not only in Paris, but everywhere. Christian Dior made waves with his “New Look”, portrayed in his first collection. After the 1950s a new style of youth fashion began to emerge, but couture was not dead and it kept going especially through Givenchy, Balenciaga and Balmain.


[Tweet ““Even when there are no more secrets, fashion remains a mystery!” ~ Christian Dior”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Christian Dior


[Tweet ““Perfume is the indispensable complement to the personality of women, the finishing touch on a dress!”~  Christian Dior”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Christian Dior-2


[Tweet ““Luxury is in each detail!”~ Hubert de Givenchy”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Hubert de Givenchy


[Tweet “” To have style is to have feeling for what is currently fashionable, and still to simultaneously remain true to oneself!” ~ Hubert de Givenchy”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Hubert de Givenchy-2


[Tweet “”A couturier must be: and architect for design, a sculptor for shape, a painter for color, a musician for harmony and a philosopher for temperance!”~ Cristobal Balenciaga”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Cristobal Balenciaga


[Tweet ““When a woman walks, the dress must walk, when she dances the dress must dance, when she raises her arm the jacket should move discreetly!”~ Cristobal Balenciaga”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Cristobal Balenciaga


[Tweet “”Good fashion is evolution, not revolution!” ~ Pierre Balmain”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Pierre Balmain


After their (r)evolution, came the 1960s, with Mary Quant inventing the miniskirt, Twiggy gracing the covers of Vogue, Diana Vreeland finding all the new faces, Yves Saint Laurent inventing the tuxedo, Pierre Cardin appearing in the scene and Emanuel Ungaro brought bold colors and baroque contrasts. Besides them, two other notable designers of the 60s, were Pacco Rabanne, with his unconventional use of materials and Emilio Pucci, with his crazy prints. There are a lot of famous fashion quotes from this period and we will start with Mary Quant.


[Tweet “”The fashionable woman wear clothes. The clothes don’t wear her!”~ Mary Quant”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Mary Quant


[Tweet “”Fashion is not frivolous.It is a part of being alive today!” ~Mary Quant”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Mary Quant -2


[Tweet “”Nothing gives the luxury of pearls. Please keep that in mind!” ~ Diana Vreeland”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Diana Vreeland-2


[Tweet “”It’s not about the dress you wear, but the life you lead in the dress!” ~ Diana Vreeland”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Diana Vreeland-3


[Tweet “” You don’t have to be born beautiful to be wildly attractive!” ~Diana Vreeland”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Diana Vreeland


[Tweet ““Over the years, I have learned that what is important in a dress, is the woman who is wearing it!” ~ Yves Saint Laurent”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Yves Saint Laurent


[Tweet “”Fashions fade, style is eternal!” ~Yves Saint Laurent”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Yves Saint Laurent-2


[Tweet ““I asked myself: why is that only the rich can afford high-end fashion? Why can’t the ordinary man or woman from the street also have access? I thought I could change this rule, and so, I did!” ~ Pierre Cardin”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Pierre Cardin


[Tweet “”We must never confuse elegance with snobbery!” ~ Yves Saint Laurent”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Yves Saint Laurent-4


[Tweet “”The most beautiful makeup for a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy!” ~Yves Saint Laurent”]

Famous Fashion Quotes byYves Saint Laurent-5

Besides the wonderful designers, and new fashion people, the 1960s brought a new era of designer-celebrity partnerships, such as Audrey Hepburn with Givenchy, or Jackie Kennedy with Oleg Cassini.


[Tweet “” Elegance is the only beauty that never fades!” ~Audrey Hepburn”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Audrey Hepburn

Audrey is famous for all kinds of quotes, but this might be the one that will always make you think about her.


[Tweet “”Pearls are always appropriate!” ~ Jackie Kennedy”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Jackie Kennedy



[Tweet “”To be well dressed is a little like being in love!” ~ Oleg Cassini”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Oleg Cassini


[Tweet “”Fashion anticipates, and elegance is a state of mind… a mirror of the time in which we live, a translation of the future, and we should never be static.” ~ Oleg Cassini “]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Oleg Cassini-2


With the 1970s, came the era of hippie, of jeans and of tie-die shirts, but also of punk. Some have seen this the era of bad taste, while others took advantage of it, to become new icons in the fashion industry. It was the era where brands such as Kenzo and Sonia Rykiel emerged in the Parisian fashion market, alongside with Vivienne Westwood, the inventor of punk clothing in the British fashion scene.


[Tweet “”How can you live the high life if you do not wear high heels?” ~ Sonia Rykiel”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Sonia Rykiel


[Tweet ““Clothes have become ornaments again. Catalysts. It’s up to each woman to protect herself!” ~Sonia Rykiel”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Sonia Rykiel


[Tweet “”Buy less, choose well, make it last!” ~Vivienne Westwood”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Vivienne Westwood

From all the famous fashion quotes that I’ve listed in this article, this one kinda sums up the entire fashion scene – it really comes down just to this in the end: buy less, choose well and make it last. Brilliant.


[Tweet ““Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.”~ Vivienne Westwood”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Vivienne Westwood-2


[Tweet ““The sexiest people are thinkers. Nobody’s interested in somebody who’s just vain with a hole in their head, talking about the latest thing- there is no latest thing. It’s all rubbish.” ~ Vivienne Westwood”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Vivienne Westwood

Because in the 1970s fashion began to go towards other continents, British and American fashion emerged. British fashion was characterized by Vivienne Westwood’s punk era that revolutionized the catwalk, while the American fashion scene was graced by the like of Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, with their perfectly American relaxed, sporty style.


[Tweet ““… the philosophy is always the same… that the clothes have to be really modern and make women look really beautiful.” ~ Clavin Klein”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Calvin Klein


[Tweet “”It should really be contemporary, and we should be answering people’s needs.” ~ Calvin Klein”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Calvin Klein-2


[Tweet ““Personal style is about having a sense of yourself and what you believe in every day.” ~ Ralph Lauren”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Ralph Lauren


[Tweet “”Fashion is about something that comes from within you.”~ Ralph Lauren”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Ralph Lauren-2


[Tweet ““I don’t design clothes, I design dreams.” ~ Ralph Lauren”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Ralph Lauren

As the 70s were and era of novelty and also, especially in the US, the fashion scene was split between two distinct movements, the tailored, unisex look, promoted by Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, and the fluid, and rather unstructured look, promoted by Roy Halston Frowick (known as Halston). Besides him, Geoffrey Beene, known for his elegant and sophisticated cuts and his use of black and white also emerged, followed by Bill Blass and Betsey Johnson.


[Tweet “”Fashion is made by fashionable people.” ~ Roy Halston Frowick”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Halston


[Tweet “”You are only as good as the people you dress.” ~Halston”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Roy Halston


[Tweet “”Like red lipstick on the muth, my products wake up and brighten and bring the wearer to life, drawing attention to her beauty and specialness, her moods and movements, her dreams and fantasies.” ~ Betsey Johnson”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Betsey Johnson


[Tweet “”Always have fun with fashion, dress to entertain yourself!” ~ Betsey Johnson”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Betsey Johnson-2


[Tweet ““When in doubt, wear red!” ~ Bill Blass”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Bill Blass

You can’t possibly go wrong by following this quote!

Besides Britain and the States, Milan emerged very fast on the fashion map and soon became the 2nd international centre of fashion, after Paris, with designers such as Valentino, Elio Fiorucci, Giorgio Armani and Nino Cerutti.


[Tweet “”I know what women want. They want to be beautiful!” ~ Valentino”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Valentino


[Tweet “”Elegance is the balance between proportion, emotion and surprise. ” ~ Valentino”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Valentino-2


[Tweet “” The difference between style and fashion is quality.” ~ Giorgio Armani”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Giorgio Armani


Elegance is not about being noticed, it’s about being remembered.” ~ Giorgio  Armani

Famous Fashion Quotes by Giorgio Armani-2



The late 20th century brought the invention of different new materials such as Lycra, which became “a thing” especially in the 1980s fashion, with the whole disco movement. Thierry Mugler and Azzedine Alaia, are two of the French designers that have made their mark during that time, joined by Christian Lacroix and Claude Montana.


[Tweet “”I make clothes, women make fashion.” ~ Azzedine Alaia”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Azzedine Alaia


[Tweet “”Women who have self-confidence and are secure in their own strength will find clothes in which they discern their own personalities. ” ~ Christian Lacroix”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Christian Lacroix


[Tweet “”Haute Couture should be fun, foolish and almost unwearable.” ~ Christian Lacroix”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Christian Lacroix-2

The 80s marked as well the ascent of Carolina Herrera, but also, of the Japanese fashion scene, with designers such as Rei Kawakubo andYohji Yamamoto that represented the break into the prevalent fashion trends of that time. New York brought its own, through Donna Karan, while the  rest of the States gave us Perry Ellis and Adidas, for sportswear and the legendary Manolo Blahnik rose to fame during that period as well. Let’s see what they had to say through these legendary fashion quotes.


[Tweet “”Fashion has always been a repetition of ideas, but what makes it new is the way you put it together.”~ Carolina Herrera”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Carolina Herrera


[Tweet “”For something to be beautiful it doesn’t have to be pretty!” ~ Rei Kawakubo”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Rei Kawakubo


[Tweet “” Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy- but mysterious. But above all, black says this: ‘I don’t bother you- don’t bother me.” ~Yohji Yamamoto”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Yohji Yamamoto


[Tweet “”Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable.” ~ Donna Karan”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Donna Karan


[Tweet “”Shoes can transform a woman” ~ Manolo Blahnik”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Manolo Blahnik


The 1990s came with a storm of new ideas and designs. Gucci, even though existing since 1921, reinvented itself after being bought by Invest Corp. Tom Ford also appeared in the scene, Prada reinvented itself by bringing ready-to-wear to the shoes and bags they were producing already. Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein were the most influential American designers of that time, and Marc Jacobs was offered a place at the helm of Louis Vuitton. Besides, a new scene was set for new and emerging designers, and this is where the Antwerp 6 were born, three of them being most influential: Ann Demeulemeester, Dries van Noten and Walter van Beirendonck. Besides them, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace broke away from the usual Italian seriousness and delivered great trends along with famous fashion quotes that will always be remembered.


[Tweet “”To me, clothing is a form of self-expression- there are hints about who you are in what you wear.” ~ Marc Jacobs”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Marc Jacobs


[Tweet “”Style is personality. It’s the ability to look at things beyond fashion and the self-confidence to transform even the simplest thing into something special.”~ Dolce & Gabbana”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Dolce & Gabbana


[Tweet ““I’ve always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman’s outfit.” ~ Michael Kors”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by MIchael Kors


The 21st century brought novelty in the fashion industry through designers such as Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Christopher Bailey for Burberry or Phoebe Philo for Celine. Besides them, as fashion is not all about clothes, there are models such as Kate Moss, Cara Delevigne and Naomi Campbell, who, even though some appeared in the late 20th century, have shaped fashion and perception in a way nobody else did. Besides them, magazine editors such as Anna Wintour, Alexandra Schulman, and creative minds such as Grace Coddington have shaped the way we read and see fashion, through their mesmerizing editorials and texts on a subject that fascinates the whole world. That’s how the following fashion quotes were born to life, from too much passion!


[Tweet ““Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not of imprisonment.” ~ Alexander McQueen”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Alexander McQueen


[Tweet “”… to offer women something that feels more about investing in something and less about being disposible is a complete corrective to the world we live in.” ~ Phoebe Philo”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Phoebe Philo


[Tweet “”Never complain. Never explain.” ~ Kate Moss”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Kate Moss


[Tweet “”It’s all about timing. If it’s too soon, no one understands. if it’s too late, everyone’s forgotten.” ~ Anna Wintour”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Anna Wintour-2


[Tweet “”Fashion’s not about looking back. It’s always about looking forward.”~ Anna Wintour”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Anna Wintour


[Tweet ““Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you.” ~ Grace Coddington”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Grace Coddington


[Tweet “”Trendy is the last stage before tacky!”~ Karl Lagerfeld”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Karl Lagerfeld

And last but not least, REMEMBER:


[Tweet “”Attitude is everything!” ~ Diane von Furstenberg”]

Famous Fashion Quotes by Diane von Furstenberg

Which of these famous fashion quotes was your favorite? Is there any quote you don’t agree with? Why? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!

By | 2019-05-10T19:24:25+02:00 May 8th, 2019|Style, Trending|

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