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All Quotes by author - Raf Simons
" Computers let people avoid people, going out to explore. It's so different to just open a website instead of looking at a Picasso in a museum in Paris. "
" Dress codes and gestures and attitudes have always inspired me, as has youth culture in general, although now I question it more. If you analyze youth cultures over history, there has always been something strict about them - you have to be like this or like that. "
" Fashion is so mass-produced now; I hope there will come a refocus on how people see couture. And I would also hope for a new focus on the craft. "
" Fashion is such an octopus. You're connected to so many people: suppliers, pattern makers, production teams, marketing teams, vendors. "
" For me, Warhol made so much sense. "
" I am always attracted to the moments when a person who is associated with a certain message, image or sensibility evolves. I am very interested in how audiences respond to that maturation and absorb the evolution. "
" I am somebody who focuses on a dialogue between generations - that's the drive of my work. I believe the young generation take the power; they'll take over at one point, but the older generation, they'll push it away only because of the fear. I'm the opposite; I'm curious. "
" I'd like to see fashion slow down a bit. What freaks me out about fashion today is the speed - the speed of consuming, the speed of ideas. When fashion moves so fast, it takes away something I always loved, which is the idea that fashion should be slightly elusive. Hard to grasp, hard to find. "
" I don't have so many things in the fashion world that interest me. It's probably because I am so deeply into it. Often when you go very deep into something, you also discover what it's about, and you understand it better. With the art world, I still have a lot of curiosity. "
" I'm fascinated by the way Diane Arbus saw things. She came from this fashion background and then twisted it. "
" I'm not so rock and roll. I'm more techno. "
" I'm shy, but not on a one-to-one basis. Over the years, I have become acclimatised to a bit of publicity. "
" In the nineties, it was common to see people who expressed themselves through one designer - the Jil Sander woman, the Martin Margiela woman. You saw her on the street, and you knew who she was. "
" I was raised in a very happy nest by very happy people, and I like to think that those are enough ingredients to make me succeed at Dior. "
" L.A. interests me, the whole band scene and relaxed carefree feel, but it does not mean you have to dress like a hippy. "
" My challenge is to find a beautiful balance: to make women beautiful, to make a woman dream to wear a beautiful outfit. "
" My dad only ever talked about two things: bicycles and Mercedes. "
" My ideas for the next collection always happen a couple of months before the show. I have learned to shut up and not bother my assistants with it. "
I Have Learned
" My inspiration is endless; I can't define it. It is a constant flow and evolution. In general, I'm taking it from everywhere. People get nervous when they walk with me, as I'll see something and suddenly have to text it to myself. "
" My mother was a cleaning lady all her life. "
" My own brand will stand or fall because of me. Dior won't fall if I fall. It will also still stand if I'm not there. I'm coming in there, and it's like a - I don't know the English word - like a passage. "
" My point of view is that if I love a certain kind of beauty, I want more of that beauty. I don't need 200 different beauties. "
Point Of View
" The fashion world doesn't know the word 'stop,' so you have to make sure there are sublime moments every day. "
" Unlike fashion, art isn't applied. It doesn't have to serve anybody. It doesn't have to be there for any other reason than to give an impression of what the world is about. "
" What I've been conscious of, from the beginning is that I can't be Jil Sander. "
" You cannot have adoration without being criticized. "
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