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"People need a sense of irony."<br><br>— April 1985<br><br><br><br>"I think fashion is something you can laugh about forever, but in the end it is the most difficult thing to laugh at because people take it so seriously."<br><br>— January...

“People need a sense of irony.”

— April 1985

“I think fashion is something you can laugh about forever, but in the end it is the most difficult thing to laugh at because people take it so seriously.”

— January 1986

“I think the basics, the classic things, are always the best. I take them and make jokes of them and put them together in a funny way or a different way. I would say that’s my way of being a creator.”

— Houston Chronicle, May 1987

“I truly believe there is a human, biological need for little square jackets with gold buttons and white trim.”

— April 1989

“If I designed things I like, there would be all navy jackets, Levi’s jeans and Lacoste shirts.”

— July 1990

“The first impression I had of New York was of fear.”

— Interview, November 1983

“Everything that I’ve done has been thought of in terms of the way I relate to certain stereotypes. For example, I cannot picture a goldfish in a a square container, it has to be round.…The same holds true for skies that aren’t blue and sunsets that aren’t red and orange. Without tradition, how could I do anything? How could I joke? How could I critique? How could I fantasize?”

— Interview, September 1991

“I’m just a designer. I don’t consider myself a fashion designer. I design fashion because at a certain point in my studies it appeared that clothes were the easiest objects to draw. Now, I’m ready to design something else, like furniture, automobiles.”

— Interview, November 1983

“I believe very deeply that the T-shirt is the genius invention of contemporary fashion and should be the base of today’s look.”

— Interview, November 1983

“Bad taste to me is a quality of the fashion victim. For example, some people don’t have enough money to buy Armani, so they try in their own little way to imitate that look — with fake or copied Armani. I hate that kind of fashion. Why do it? Clothes are just fabric and buttons — you’re not buying dreams or happiness. Don’t be desperate about it.”

— April 1985

“I just think that everyone has their own taste and the taste of many people is valid. If you’re a secretary, you’re not supposed to have taste that’s as good as Dior or Armani. I say it is. Don’t trust designers that much. I’m not trying to kill fashion — what I’m trying to do is to pull people into fashion without making fashion victims out of them.”

— April 1985

“In fashion, everything can be thrown away. You don’t have time to fall in love with your garments. You have to be a playboy in fashion, you can’t have only one wife.”

— January 1986

“A fashion designer as we think of it is an old concept today. It is possible to design with the pretense of forcing a certain order or style. It’s more a question of collecting certain signals from all over and then to filter and elaborate on them.”

— January 1986

“The most tender thought for an Italian guy to offer Africa is a plate of spaghetti.”

— January 1986

“Italians are so busy pretending to be Americans that soon Italy will be canceled as a style.”

— January 1986

“I’m the punk, the bad boy because I have short hair and wear a black leather jacket. But I wear the jacket because I like it, not because I am sadomasochistic. I don’t kill children in the street…I just like black leather jackets.”

— January 1986

“I don’t say I create. I copy, of course. I’ve never been interested in the point of view of the tailor or creator. Fashion is a visual impression. This is why I often refuse the name of fashion designer. It’s a superficial, stupid job…[I’m a] fashion philosopher.”

— New York Times, October 1986

“I don’t like the moment of the [runway] show because the people don’t know what they want. They see the wrong things: wigs, hats, shoes and music.”

— Houston Chronicle, May 1987

“I am, as much as other designers, a glamorous whore. That’s logical, that’s business.”

— Vogue, March 1989

“Fashion magazines should change. No more ‘If you buy that, you’re in; if you don’t, you’re out.’ We should be helping fashion victims get away from the virus. Not everyone should look like they’re coming from Japan, eh?”

— Vogue, March 1989

“Fashion is ill, and you can’t expect too much of an ill person. You just hope time will make it better.”

— Interview, July 1989

“Another thing you learn as you get older is that many of your dreams can’t come true.”

— Interview, July 1989

“The best men’s wear is anonymous.”

— July 1990

“If I were a good boy, I would have planned to do this length [just below the knee]. But I just did it. I’m a bad boy.”

— March 1991

“I would say that my identity is supported by two fundamental attitudes: goodness and laziness.”

— Interview, September 1991

Editor’s Note: Quotations are from WWD or its sister publications W and DNR, unless otherwise noted.