The degree of satisfaction these [clothes] give the cultivated aesthetic sense is the measure of their artistic value, it is not their period, their oddity, or their cost that determines it.
These two aspects of function and beauty, in so far as art is concerned, must be observed if a production is to be a success in any field of man’s creative genius; but in the matter of clothes or costumes (and we shall use these terms synonymously in this work) there are other considerations which affect his work more pronouncedly than in other fields, and must therefore be given a place in the examination period, and of those cases where a mode endured too short a time for the crystallization of a definite style.
“Invincible female self-possession is a central theme of the joint retrospective that opens in May at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: Impossible Conversations.” …They don’t really care what makes a woman desirable to men. Their work asks you to consider what makes a woman desirable to herself.”—Radical Chic by Judith Thurman, The New Yorker. March 26th 2012