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FASHION
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[ Also see Apparel Appearance Clothes Custom Dandy Dress Eccentricity Elegance Foppery Habit Hatters Imitation Luxury Simplicity Society Tailors Vanity ]

I have seen many men and women of fashion die, and I never saw one of them die well. The trappings off, there they lay on the tumbled pillow, and there were just two things that bothered them, a wasted life and a coming eternity.
      - James H. Aughey

The fashions we call English in Paris are French in London, and vice versa. Franco-British hostility vanishes when it comes to questions of words and clothing. God save the King is a tune composed by Lully for a chorus in a play by Racine.
      - Honore de Balzac

Your women of fashion ceases to be a woman. She is neither mother, nor wife, nor lover. She is, medically speaking, sex on the brain.
      - Honore de Balzac

Nothing is thought rare
  Which is not new, and follow'd; yet we know
    That what was worn some twenty years ago
      Comes into grace again.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Prologue to the Noble Gentleman (l. 4)

And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.
      - Bible, I Corinthians (ch. VII, v. 31)

Nineties style isn't.
      - David Borenstein

There would not be so much harm in the giddy following the fashions, if somehow the wise could always set them.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

The secret of fashion is to surprise and never to disappoint.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Mark yonder pomp of costly fashion,
  Round the wealthy bride;
    But when compar'd with real passion
      Poor is all that pride,--
        What are their showy treasures?
          What are their noisy pleasures?--
            The gay, gaudy glare of vanity and art--
              The polish 'd jewels blaze
                May draw the wond'ring gaze,
                  But never, never can come near the worthy heart.
      - Robert Burns

He is only fantastical that is not in fashion.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. III, sec. II, memb. 2, subsect. 3)

And as the French we conquer'd once,
  Now give us laws for pantaloons,
    The length of breeches and the gathers
      Port-cannons, periwigs, and feathers.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto III, l. 923)

Something clearly is wrong with fashionable women. They accept the thinnest gilt, the poorest pinchbeck, for gold. They care more for a dreary social pre-eminence than for home or children. They find in extravagance of living and a vulgar costliness of dress their only expression of vague desire for the beauty and elegance of life.
      - Mrs. L.G. Calhoun

Change of fashions is the tax which industry imposes on the vanity of the rich.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

Fashion is made to become unfashionable.
      - Coco Chanel

Without depth of thought or earnestness of feeling or strength of purpose, living an unreal life, sacrificing substance to show, substituting the fictitious for the natural, mistaking a crowd for society, finding its chief pleasure in ridicule, and exhausting its ingenuity in expedients for killing time, fashion is among the last influences under which a human being who respects himself, or who comprehends the great end of life, would desire to be placed.
      - William Ellery Channing

Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

The mere leader of fashion has no genuine claim to supremacy; at least, no abiding assurance of it. He has embroidered his title upon his waistcoat, and carries his worth in his watch chain; and, if he is allowed any real precedence for this it is almost a moral swindle,--a way of obtaining goods under false pretences.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

One would not object to the prevalent notion that whatever is fashionable is right, if our rulers of the mode would contrive that whatever is right should be fashionable.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

Fashion--a word which knaves and fools may use,
  Their knavery and folly to excuse.
      - Charles Churchill, The Rosciad (l. 455)

One had as good be out of the world, as out of the fashion.
      - Colley Cibber

As good be out of the World as out of the Fashion.
      - Colley Cibber, Love's Last Shift (act II)

Fashion builds her temple in the capital of some mighty empire, and having selected four or five hundred of the silliest people it contains, she dubs them with the magnificent and imposing title of "the world."
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Fashion is the veriest goddess of semblance and of shade; to be happy is of far less consequence to her worshippers than to appear so; even pleasure itself they sacrifice to parade, and enjoyment to ostentation.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Fashion's smile has given wit to dullness and grace to deformity, and has brought everything into vogue, by turns, except virtue.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Ladies of fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride.
      - Charles Caleb Colton


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