Age and size are only numbers. It’s the attitude you bring to clothes that make the difference. I want to thank all the women who have worn my clothes, the famous and the unknown, who have been so faithful to me and given me so much joy. My aim is to make the poor look rich and the rich look poor. I think it’s the responsibility of a designer to try to break rules and barriers. I am especially grateful that I have been able to keep my own style over the decades, in spite of the many changes that have taken place in the world of fashion and in its business.
People said making clothes inside out was not proper. I disagreed, because clothes that are inside out are as beautiful as a cathedral. The only way to do something in depth is to work hard. Luxury will be always around, no matter what happens in the world. My shows are about the complete woman who swallows it all. It’s a question of survival. I am not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes.
The important thing is to take your time and not get stressed. My relationships with producers or photographers – these are relationships that took years. If you cut a painter’s hands off, he’d still feel the urge to pick up a brush. Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. I think there is something about luxury – it’s not something people need, but it’s what they want. It really pulls at their heart.