Who killed quality - I want to know! The days when you really wanted to get something that was top shelf and you got it are gone. I mean it! They are GONE! No matter how much you fork out - you won't get the quality you're looking for. I've been a fashion designer on a regular basis three years now. And it's been time I've spent in search of top quality zips, buttons and fabrics. Most of my tries were in vain...
One of Balenciaga's customer wrote about him a perfect epitaph:
"Women did not have to be perfect or even beautiful to wear his clothes. His clothes made them beautiful."
|Vogue, September 1950 |
(photograph by Irving Penn)
|Stella Oakes for Balenciaga, 1951|
Photographer: Henry Clarke
The way of thinking was completely different then. People wanted quality and they knew that quality required some costs and they gladly and eagerly paid for that. At the moment people are used to cheap as dirt clothes (I don't need to add what quality they are) and expect from me to design and sew a silk dress for them for 80 Zl, while the fabric itself costs 400 Zl...
Or simply walk away...
|Balenciaga Wedding Dress, 1967|
Photographer: Tom Kublin Balenciaga Wedding
preferably in these shoes... ;)
|Design by Pierre Hardy 4 Balenciaga|