material salva+ion

Redemption through the love of aesthetics

Yes, even then, when already all was fading, waves and particles, there could be no things but nameless things, no names but thingless names. I say that now, but after all what do I know now about then, now when the icy words hail down upon me, the icy meanings, and the world dies too, foully named. All I know is what the words know, and the dead things, and that makes a handsome little sum, with a beginning middle and an end as in the well-built phrase and the long sonata of the dead. Samuel Beckett, Molloy

(Source: frenchtwist)

GABRIELLE COCO CHANEL (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971)

QUOTES ON:
BEAUTY
Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.
A woman has the age she deserves.
I  don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself  up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know,  maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as  pretty as possible for destiny.
One can get used to ugliness, but never to negligence.
The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you!

ELEGANCE
Elegance is refusal.
Elegance is not the prerogative of  those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have  already taken possession of their future.
Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.
An elegant woman should be able to do her marketing without making housewives laugh. Those who laugh are always right.
Find out how Coco Chanel co-invented The Little Black Dress.
Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!

FASHION
Fashion is not simply a matter of clothes. Fashion is in the air,  born upon the wind. One intuits it. It is in the sky and on the road.
Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.
Nothing goes out of fashion sooner than a long dress with a very low neck.
Fashion  has become a joke. The designers have forgotten that there are women  inside the dresses. Most women dress for men and want to be admired. But  they must also be able to move, to get into a car without bursting  their seams! Clothes must have a natural shape.
Fashion fades, only style remains the same.
In fashion, you know you have succeeded when there is an element of upset.
Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.
Fashion is made to become unfashionable.
It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.
Why  am I so determined to put the shoulder where it belongs? Women have  very round shoulders that push forward slightly; this touches me and I  say: ‘One must not hide that!’ Then someone tells you: ‘The shoulder is  on the back’. I have never seen women with shoulders on their backs.
A fashion that does not reach the streets is not a fashion.

LIFE
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
Material things aside, we need no advice but approval.
Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.
True generosity means accepting ingratitude.
If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent their growing.
Since everything is in our heads, we had better not lose them.
I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.
A women who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.
One can get used to ugliness, but never to negligence.
Great loves too must be endured.
Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.

LUXURY
Luxury is a necessity that begins where necessity ends.
I  love luxury. And luxury lies not in richness and ornateness but in the  absence of vulgarity. Vulgarity is the ugliest word in our language. I  stay in the game to fight it.
Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.
Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.
There are people who have money and people who are rich.

SEX
As long as you know men are like children, you know everything.
If a man talks bad about all women, it usually means he was burned by one woman.
Wherever one wants to be kissed.––response to a young woman who asked her “where one should wear perfume?”

STYLE
Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.
In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.
Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.
A woman is closest to being naked when she is well dressed.
A  style does not go out of style as long as it adapts itself to its  period. When there is an incompatibility between the style and a certain  state of mind, it is never the style that triumphs.
Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.
A dress is not a dressing. It is made to be worn. One wears clothes with the shoulders. A dress should hang from the shoulders.
Scheherezade is easy; a little black dress is difficult.
A  beautiful dress may look beautiful on a hanger, but that means nothing.  It must be seen on the shoulders, with the movement of the arms, the  legs, and the waist.

WORK
When I can no longer create anything, I’ll be done for.
There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work, and time for love. That leaves no other time.
Those who create are rare; those who cannot are numerous. Therefore, the latter are stronger.
Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.
I’ve never done anything by halves.

GABRIELLE COCO CHANEL (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971)

QUOTES ON:

BEAUTY

Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.

A woman has the age she deserves.

I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.

One can get used to ugliness, but never to negligence.

The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you!

ELEGANCE

Elegance is refusal.

Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.

Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.

An elegant woman should be able to do her marketing without making housewives laugh. Those who laugh are always right.

Find out how Coco Chanel co-invented The Little Black Dress.

Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!

FASHION

Fashion is not simply a matter of clothes. Fashion is in the air, born upon the wind. One intuits it. It is in the sky and on the road.

Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love. Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.

Nothing goes out of fashion sooner than a long dress with a very low neck.

Fashion has become a joke. The designers have forgotten that there are women inside the dresses. Most women dress for men and want to be admired. But they must also be able to move, to get into a car without bursting their seams! Clothes must have a natural shape.

Fashion fades, only style remains the same.

In fashion, you know you have succeeded when there is an element of upset.

Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.

Fashion is made to become unfashionable.

It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.

Why am I so determined to put the shoulder where it belongs? Women have very round shoulders that push forward slightly; this touches me and I say: ‘One must not hide that!’ Then someone tells you: ‘The shoulder is on the back’. I have never seen women with shoulders on their backs.

A fashion that does not reach the streets is not a fashion.

LIFE

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.

Material things aside, we need no advice but approval.

Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.

True generosity means accepting ingratitude.

If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent their growing.

Since everything is in our heads, we had better not lose them.

I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.

A women who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.

One can get used to ugliness, but never to negligence.

Great loves too must be endured.

Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.

LUXURY

Luxury is a necessity that begins where necessity ends.

I love luxury. And luxury lies not in richness and ornateness but in the absence of vulgarity. Vulgarity is the ugliest word in our language. I stay in the game to fight it.

Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.

Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.

There are people who have money and people who are rich.

SEX

As long as you know men are like children, you know everything.

If a man talks bad about all women, it usually means he was burned by one woman.

Wherever one wants to be kissed.
––response to a young woman who asked her “where one should wear perfume?”

STYLE

Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.

Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.

A woman is closest to being naked when she is well dressed.

A style does not go out of style as long as it adapts itself to its period. When there is an incompatibility between the style and a certain state of mind, it is never the style that triumphs.

Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.

A dress is not a dressing. It is made to be worn. One wears clothes with the shoulders. A dress should hang from the shoulders.

Scheherezade is easy; a little black dress is difficult.

A beautiful dress may look beautiful on a hanger, but that means nothing. It must be seen on the shoulders, with the movement of the arms, the legs, and the waist.

WORK

When I can no longer create anything, I’ll be done for.

There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work, and time for love. That leaves no other time.

Those who create are rare; those who cannot are numerous. Therefore, the latter are stronger.

Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.

I’ve never done anything by halves.

CHARLES EAMES
“The details are not the details. They make the design.”
“Who ever said that pleasure wasn’t functional?”
“The recognition and understanding of the need was the  primary condition of the creative act. When people feel they had to  express themselves for originality for its own sake, that tends not to  be creativity. Only when you get into the problem and the problem  becomes clear, can creativity take over.”
"Art resides in the quality of doing, process is not magic."
"Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose."

CHARLES EAMES

“The details are not the details. They make the design.”

“Who ever said that pleasure wasn’t functional?”

“The recognition and understanding of the need was the primary condition of the creative act. When people feel they had to express themselves for originality for its own sake, that tends not to be creativity. Only when you get into the problem and the problem becomes clear, can creativity take over.”

"Art resides in the quality of doing, process is not magic."

"Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose."

JEAN COCTEAU (5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963), French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager, playwright, artist and filmmaker.
“I am a lie who always speaks the truth.”
“Art produces ugly things which frequently become more  beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful  things which always become ugly with time.”
“Asking an artist to talk about his work is like asking a plant to discuss horticulture.”
“True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.”
“Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods  above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what’s known as  infinity.”
“I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike?”

JEAN COCTEAU (5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963), French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager, playwright, artist and filmmaker.

“I am a lie who always speaks the truth.”

“Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.”

“Asking an artist to talk about his work is like asking a plant to discuss horticulture.”

“True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing.”

“Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what’s known as infinity.”

“I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike?”

I never think that people die. They just go to department stores. Andy Warhol

ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)
“I am a deeply superficial person.”
“Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery.”
“Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone’s got to take care of all your details.”
“People sometimes say that the way things happen in  the movies is unreal, but actually it’s the way things happen to you in  life that’s unreal. The movies make emotions look so strong and real,  whereas when things really do happen to you, it’s like watching  television — you don’t feel anything.”
“I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.”
“The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.”
“Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?”
“Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”
“An artist is  someone who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he -  for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them.”
“I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.”

“Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets. The most exciting thing is not doing it. If you fall in love with someone and never do it, it’s much more exciting.”

ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)

“I am a deeply superficial person.”

“Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery.”

“Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone’s got to take care of all your details.”

“People sometimes say that the way things happen in the movies is unreal, but actually it’s the way things happen to you in life that’s unreal. The movies make emotions look so strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it’s like watching television — you don’t feel anything.”

“I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.”

“The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.”

“Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?”

“Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”

“An artist is someone who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he - for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them.”

“I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.”

“Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets. The most exciting thing is not doing it. If you fall in love with someone and never do it, it’s much more exciting.”

The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he said was, “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?” “Come, we shall have some fun now!” thought Alice. “I’m glad they’ve  begun asking riddles. — I believe I can guess that,” she added aloud. “Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?” said the March Hare. “Exactly so,” said Alice. “Then you should say what you mean,” the March Hare went on. “I do,” Alice hastily replied; “at least—at least I mean what I say—that’s the same thing, you know.” “Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. “You might just as well  say that ‘I see what I eat’ is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see’!” “You might just as well say,” added the March Hare, “that ‘I like what I get’ is the same thing as ‘I get what I like’!” “You might just as well say,” added the Dormouse, who seemed to be  talking in his sleep, “that ‘I breathe when I sleep’ is the same thing  as ‘I sleep when I breathe’!”
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Chapter 7) by Lewis Carroll

The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he said was, “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”
“Come, we shall have some fun now!” thought Alice. “I’m glad they’ve begun asking riddles. — I believe I can guess that,” she added aloud.
“Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?” said the March Hare.
“Exactly so,” said Alice.
“Then you should say what you mean,” the March Hare went on.
“I do,” Alice hastily replied; “at least—at least I mean what I say—that’s the same thing, you know.”
“Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. “You might just as well say that ‘I see what I eat’ is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see’!”
“You might just as well say,” added the March Hare, “that ‘I like what I get’ is the same thing as ‘I get what I like’!”
“You might just as well say,” added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep, “that ‘I breathe when I sleep’ is the same thing as ‘I sleep when I breathe’!”

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Chapter 7) by Lewis Carroll

People like eccentrics. Therefore they will leave me alone, saying that I am a mad clown. Vaslav Nijinsky

Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.  Steven Weinberg

To achieve harmony in bad taste is the height of elegance. Jean Genet

Hollywood is a place where they pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. Marilyn Monroe

Choose your corner, pick away at it carefully, intensely and to the best of your ability and that way you might change the world. Charles Eames

Be regular and orderly in your life like a bourgeois, so that you may be violent and original in your work. Gustave Flaubert

Fashion fades, style is eternal. Yves saint Laurent