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Daemon
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Fashion is the science of appearance, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)
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Daemon wrote:
<script>add2all('quote')</script><img align=left width="100" height="110" src="http://img.tfd.com/IOD/fielding.jpg">Fashion is the science of appearance, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.<br><br><a href="http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Fielding,+Henry">Henry Fielding</a> (1707-1754)


Fashion is an attempt to dress in accordance with someone else's parameters of what is acceptable. Of course, many variations can exist within set parameters for argument's sake. However, fashion is still what someone else has declared to be "in", unless an individual is extremely famous.
sisikou
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A Chinese proverb: Fine feathers make fine birds.
(Rén yào yī zhuāng fú yào jīn zhuāng)

"To seem rather than to be" is a weapon for women to men and kids.
Men...you know...
Kids, because they are still using right brains but not logical thoughts.
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Daemon wrote:
Fashion is the science of appearance, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be. Henry Fielding (1707-1754)



In looking up the context of the above quote I came across, Michel de Montaigne's same quote. They are about a hundred plus years apart.


Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.
Michel de Montaigne
French essayist (1533 - 1592) <<<<< www.quotationspage.com >>>>>> which led me to search www.wikiquotes.com


Attributed *(But not "sourced")*
Most quotations of Montaigne come from the Essais but the following have not yet been given definite citation. <<<<< www.wikiquotes.com



In looking up the above quote, Michel de Montaigne has some brilliant quotes. I was also unable to find the quote "sourced" with respects to Henry Fielding, although I found some brilliant quotes by him as well.


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pedro
Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 6:56:56 AM
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Perhaps what he is saying is that fashion was invented because people want other people to look at them, but not through them.
MTC
Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 9:20:09 AM
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Sisikou quoted the Chinese proverb: "Fine feathers make fine birds," the English equivalent of which is "Clothes make the man."

I can imagine nothing in Western culture about which we are so deeply ambivalent. At once worshiped and reviled, Fashion thumbs its nose at the traditional Christian virtue of Humility, and instead embraces Me, me me. The Bible says "Pride precedes a fall," but church ladies are resplendent in fall fashions.

Fashion, the World of Fashion, the finery, the puffery, the social, psychological, economic and even political dimensions of Fashion, cannot be adequately addressed in this limited space. If you find the time, see "L'amour fou" ("Crazy love,") a film documentary about the life of fashion icon, Yves Saint Laurent. You will experience the ambivalence.

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L'Amour Fou He passed away in 2008.

Yves Saint Laurent--part one.

Inside Fashion & Valentino the Last Emperor Sadly he no longer designs as "he" was bought by a corporation who only understood the bottom line and not the artist.



I have been thinking about the "quote" and I have some mixed feelings about it. Jury is still out.Silenced


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Jean_extraterre
Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:19:22 AM
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In fact, there are at least three authors to whom this quote is attributed: M. de Montaigne, H. Fieldings, and E. H. Chapin. The latter is very likely the correct one; on page 167 of his "Living Words" he states: "Fashion is the science of appearance, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be." (cf., E.H. Chapin, Living Words (with an introductory letter by T.S. King), (Tompkins, Boston, 1861).

Fieldings, on the other hand, started an essay for a magazine with the paragraph:

"Fashion is the Great Governor of this World; it presides not only in Matters of Dress and Amusement, but in Law, Physic, Politics, Religion, and all other Things of the gravest Kind; indeed, the wisest of Men would be puzzled to give any better Reason, why particular Forms in all these have been at certain Times, universally received, and at others universally rejected, than that they were in, or out of Fashion."
H. Fieldings, Tuesday, November 5, 1745, in: The True Patriot and the History of Our Own Times.

Attributing this quote to Montaigne appears doubtful to me. E.g., in his "CHAPITRE IX" on "De la vanité" ("On vanity") one cannot find anything resembling this quote; one, however, can find claims that "La plus utile et honnorable science et occupation à une mere de famille, c'est la science du mesnage." ("The most useful and honorable science and occupation of the mother of a family is the science of the household"). M. de Montaigne, Essais, Livre III - an assertion that nowadays probably upsets all disciples of feminism Shhh
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Fashions fade, style is eternal. (S. Laurent)
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plus its pretty cool
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I think style is an vital component of Fashion. How we carry ourselves forms the base for our fashion.

Don't you think,, sticking to one style for a life time is a little boring?

Here are few more thoughts on fashion..

Deep within the human mind, it seems there is an irreplaceable urge to be cynosure of all eyes. Most of us are blessed with a keen asthetic sense that makes us a connoisseur of our own self.

Imagine a life with out fashion... dull and jaded, bland and faded. There will be almost no inclination to love of the self or even others, no ignition, no fire, no enthusiasm, no flame of admiration of the beauty and no burning desire.


jcbarros wrote:
Fashions fade, style is eternal. (S. Laurent)
DarkMoon
Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 10:35:26 AM

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Good one, pedro!

There is a short fable by Hans Christian Andersen (I like his tales) written in 1837 "The Emperor's New Clothes", an apt illustration of the quotation above.

(from Wikipedia) "An Emperor who cares for nothing but his appearance and attire, hires two tailors (two swindlers, in fact), who promise him the finest suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position or "just hopelessly stupid". The Emperor cannot see the cloth himself, but pretends that he can for fear of appearing unfit for his position or stupid; his ministers do the same. When the swindlers report that the suit is finished, they mime dressing him and the Emperor then marches in procession before his subjects, who play along with the pretense. Suddenly, a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, blurts out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all and the cry is taken up by others. The Emperor cringes, suspecting the assertion is true, but self-assured holds himself up proudly and continues the procession."

What a self-assured person The Emperor was! ;-)
sisikou
Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 1:51:22 PM
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Nobody wants to be looked through, I assume.

@DM:I think fashion here is more about clothes within a certain period and certain group.

Have you watched project runway? Sex and the city? Confessions of a shopaholic?
The concept of these programs might be really surface and shallow. One could never realize the frenzy extent of how a (wo)man treats a pair of shoes...Really want to write more to convince you the fashion(surface concept) must be respected, but I'm not the one in a fashion circle.
Some of my designer friends do believe fashion is everything.
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David's cool...


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