On fashion trends and history
Fashion is not just about trends. It’s about political history. You can trace it from the ancient Romans to probably until the ’80s, and you can see defining moments that were due either to revolutions or changes in politics... But now we’ve been feeding on a sort of cadaver. At the moment, we’re just endlessly recycling the past.
On fashion today
How do you think the last 10 years will be defined? I can’t think of how...There hasn’t been anything real since grunge. That was the last movement led by music or an art form.
From her NPR profile About the reasoning behind her FIT exhibit
I don't tell anybody else what to wear. I would never dream of it. I want [the next generation of designers] not to have to feel that they have to wear this or that in order to be accepted or acceptable.
On growing up as a Guinness
I've always been more slight and I've always sort of felt that I needed to be protected, especially with so many rowdy brothers and sisters," she says. "I always wanted to be sort of a knight of the Round Table; it sort of appealed to the idea of [Sir] Gawain and the Green Knight.