Robin Givhan Quotes

  1. It’s a fine line between commenting on social events and exploiting them in a commercial endeavor. This is the tension with which the fashion industry struggles – unfairly.
  2. I’ve always summed up my definition of fashion as the way that people present themselves on the public stage.
  3. Designer Marc Jacobs ended his sixteen-year tenure at Louis Vuitton with a spring 2014 collection that celebrated fashion in its purest and least complicated form – as majestic, superficial beauty.
  4. Films go into vaults, art into museums, and music into halls of fame. Most fashion is worn for a few seasons and off-loaded into the recycling bin or, worse, some landfill.
  5. In the ’50s, women aspired to dress like their mothers – this polished, controlled, formal way of dressing. Then all of a sudden in the ’60s, going into the ’70s, they stopped dressing like their mothers.
  6. Fashion designers only occasionally tread outside the realm of clothes as pure commodity. When they do, the results are often a muddled, self-conscious message.
  7. I have a rule that I don’t review shows from photographs or from video. I certainly might go back and look at photographs and look at video to remind myself of something or for personal information. But I never review from that.
  8. The word ‘superficial’ comes with such negative connotations, suggesting that whatever it is applied to has no value. But the emotional pull of beauty for its own sake cannot be underestimated.
  9. For me, one of the most interesting columns to write was about Dick Cheney when he represented the U.S. at a commemorative ceremony at Auschwitz.
  10. I think of myself as the eyes and ears and voice of the reader.

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