Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Alexander Pope and Beau Brummell on Fashion

Alexander Pope (1688-1744), the great poet (illustrated above) wrote:

"In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold,
Alike fantastic if too new or old.
Be not the first by whom the new are tried,
Nor yet the last to lay the old aside."

Later, (George) Beau Brummell (1778-1840), would say:

"If people turn to look at you in the street, you are not well dressed, but either too stiff, too tight or too fashionable."

In these days of fast forward fashion; all the marketing hype and mumbo jumbo, it is worth remembering these things.

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