The flow of the river, through the valley, is unstoppable for everybody. It is driven by rainwater from the hills, falling under the forces of gravity and time. Some in the valley are devoted to keeping its flow firmly under control. ‘Constant repair and the occasional alteration,’ they reassure, ‘will see the river kept in its place.’ Others will only ever be satisfied when the river breaks its constraints and finds a new course and compass. As the river will flow, so the tailor must sew. The Tailor takes up her needle and the thread of the story unfolds.
- Is a satisfying life just a progression of alteration and improvement?
- If the passage of time is only recognisable by change, then does alteration not define every human existence?
- What effect could fashion have upon the perception of the observer?
- Is conventional fashion limited: for it takes the motivations of the designer and the needs of a single wearer and then extends that standard look to everyone regardless of their individual needs; needs driven by their particular situation?
- What is the ability of clothing design to transmit messages – and to frame the intent of the wearer?
- Does fashion affect the psychology of the wearer as much as the perception of the viewer?
- Is clothing a filter that intensifies reality? In what ways can a garment highlight certain notes and soften others?
- If fashion can change the perceived nature and capabilities of the wearer – and perception is reality – are the fashion victims not the people who are influenced/affected/intimidated by the fashion wearer?
- Commerce is not artistic, it is pragmatic. You have to do what you can do and sell what you can sell. Is there any room for art in commerce?
- A designer fully-fashions garments, performing the art of the couturier from the opening design to the final stitch.
- If the pursuit of fashion is the defining purpose of the life of a person then the universe is – to an extent – created so that people can pursue fashion.
- As intent and perception are fluid things, to be really effective clothing would need to be ‘adjusted’ as the ‘psychological and influence’ needs of the wearer change/became clearer: rather than just dumped on the wearer as being the ‘in-thing’ for that season.
- The fashioning of the person is as important as the design that he or she puts on. You look at a perfect coat and see a head that is stretched, stained, faded or snagged that sits above it. You cannot deliver fashion without the essential psychology that carries it.
- He wore garments that looked severely down-turned and disappointed.
- As the snags and pulls of life distort a garment, so the friction and knocks of life distort a person. As a garment can be strengthened and lengthened to adapt it to new circumstances, so a person can be reinforced and redressed to adapt to the new realities of events and relationships.
- Clothes are like a character. Take them up and fill them skilfully and they will carry you through any event.
- If fashion can heighten messages that the wearer communicates, in order to meet their personal objectives, as well as bolstering the wearer’s psychology, then the designer is caught up in the life of the wearer and caught up in their actions.
- You cannot expect a garment to lie, it is beyond its capability.
- To design clothing to the needs of the person the designer must closely understand those needs. If this person happens to have criminal intent – then is the designer aiding and abetting the criminal intent of the wearer.
- Things have a habit of coming together in ways that you least expect and when you least expect it.
- A badly-dressed thug is a thug – but a well dressed thug is a name, is a presence, is a person of note.
- A business is only worth buying if you can find something to do with it that wasn’t apparent when you were haggling over its price.
- The tailor who becomes a prophet will return a profit.
- You need to catch a thread before it unravels, then you can safely tie it down.
- Chains do not hold relationships together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together across the years