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A human being is not a machine. Especially when it comes to creating.
– Azzedine Alaia
In modelling, it’s very hard to keep in touch with the people you knew when you started.
When you have one idea per year, it’s already a miracle!
As I said many times, the fashion world, its system, can be disturbing.
If you’re sad about what you see in the mirror when you wake up every morning, you must change it.
I make clothes; women make fashion.
It’s important to make women feel confident, because I think they are more important than men.
The foundation of beauty is the body.
I am very curious. Every day, I say: ‘What am I going to learn today, and whom am I going to meet?’
I love film – it’s like painting.
I want to speak directly with a star, not her stylist.
I never followed fashion. It’s women who have dictated my conduct.
The danger is we’re losing sight of what women really want to wear.
There was a woman in Tunisia called Madame Pinot. She was a midwife and had helped in the birth of my siblings and me. I assisted her. I helped women give birth to a lot of babies when I was very young.
I’ve been wearing Chinese clothes since I was 14. I can’t wear a suit. I’m small, and when I put on a suit, it’s not possible.
I’m always telling young designers to take the time to surround themselves with women.
Women must know themselves better than anyone. If you have ugly legs, wear long dresses. If you have long, great legs, show them.
I put myself on the same level as everyone else around me – from the directrice to the workman, everyone. Except my pets – they are the Kings; you must treat them like royalty.
My father could be very strict, but very fair. His father was the same. We all respected my grandfather; he was the head of the clan. Every morning, we all had to say good morning and kiss his hand. But not me. I jumped on his lap and bit him.
If I don’t have a model in front of me, I don’t have an idea.
I take it to heart that, for example, there aren’t enough funds for AIDS research, but people pay 20 times the value of an item of clothing.
Fashion will last forever. It will exist always. It will exist in its own way in each era.
As a child, I was raised with my grandmother, alongside all my cousins, and the kitchen was always full.
There is a sensuality about fabric. I think all materials should be inviting when they touch the skin. When I watch children stroking their mother’s clothes, I feel that I have succeeded.
Anna Wintour doesn’t deal with pictures; she is just doing PR and business, and she scares everybody.
When I was growing up, I never heard the word ‘racism.’ It was only in Paris I encountered that.
I prefer to stay poor.
Bill Cunningham… he knows fashion better than anybody.
My obsession is to make women beautiful. When you create with that in mind, things can’t go out of fashion.
Who can really say who invents something first in fashion?