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" As the daughter of two teachers with first-class degrees, I'd always seen myself as a duffer by comparison. "
" I think to myself, 'You lucky woman - how did you have all this fun?' "
" London style is individual. "
" Fashion is not frivolous. It is a part of being alive today. "
" People only see permissiveness in the sense of having more. "
" I didn't get fat even when I was pregnant. You have to work very hard at staying slim, and it's a bore. But it's worth it. "
" The Lord's Prayer is the most perfect piece of poetry. I always feel at peace and moved when I recite it. "
" Of course, I remember when everybody was thin. It wasn't until I went to America in the Sixties that I saw anyone who wasn't skinny thin. "
" Let me give you an idea of Fifties Britain. The war had ended ten years before, and most people had returned to their gardens and allotments hoping life would revert to how it was before the hostilities. "
" Having money is rather like being a blond. It is more fun but not vital. "
" I've always loved painting and drawing. I wish I'd developed it more and exhibited. "
" My favourite Nice restaurant is in the market. It's open mainly for the market people, and shuts in August. "
" For one thing, I am still working as an adviser on fashion, design and colour and stuff. "
" Risk it; go for it. Life always gives you another chance, another go at it. It's very important to take enormous risks. "
" I remember one day, when things were going frightfully well, I went to buy myself a really smashing car. I asked them to show me a Porsche with an automatic gearbox, and the salesman called over all the other salesmen, and they stood around absolutely roaring with laughter. "
" I liked masculine fabrics: Prince of Wales checks, city pinstripes, and flannels - worn with black tights, flattish shoes. "
" Of course I remember everything I've ever worn. "
" I absolutely adore cows. They're the most fascinating, gentle and beautiful animals. Their eyes are so amazing. I have ten that live on the land around my house. I love to talk to them. There are few things better than falling asleep in a field and being woken up by an inquisitive cow. "
" In the old parts of Nice, the family tables are out in the cobbled streets so that you can't drive past. They insist you join them at midnight on a hot July evening. So that's just what you do, abandoning the car. "
" Only ugliness is obscene. "
" Many of my friends are chefs, and I learnt to cook watching them. "
" Good taste is death; vulgarity is life. "
" My garden in England is full of eating-out places, for heat waves, warm September evenings, or lunch on a frosty Christmas morning. "
" Jean Shrimpton was the most beautiful of all the models I have known. To walk down the King's Road, Chelsea, with Shrimpton was like walking through the rye. Strong men just keeled over right and left as she strode up the street. "
" People call things 'vulgar' when they are new to them. When they have become old, they become 'good taste.' "
" The fashionable woman is sexy, witty, and dry-cleaned. "
" In the first half of the 20th century, fashion was simply not a very English thing to do. "
" Most of my memories of the Sixties are ones of optimism, high spirits and confidence. "
" One day, a new fabric appeared on the scene. PVC was shiny, waterproof, and unlike anything I'd ever seen before. "
" I have been on a diet since 1962. "
" Coco Chanel hated me. I can understand why. "