I picked up this book (What Is Beauty?: New Definitions from the Fashion Vanguard by Dorothy Shefer) on a whim, mainly because I liked the title. I’m not overly enamoured with it, so i’ll just give you some pics and a couple of quotes that I like.
“style is more interesting to me than beauty. Style is about panache, and about embracing individuality [ ] – celebrating uniqueness not conformity” Isabella Rossellini
” Fashion and beauty are outward manifestations of an inner need we have to expres and reinvent ourselves. They also enable us to redefine the borders between ourselves and our culture. Anti-fashion [he’s talking here about grunge as a reaction against 80s excesses] is, ultimately, not fashion at all, since it has become just another trend which has nothing to do with individual style. Perhaps the real definition of ‘cutting-edge’ is to be found in the ability to take the kind of personal risks that ultimately push our society forward.” Richard Buckley