In the recent past, we launched our category Gentleman’s Quotations, and today, we would like to continue the series with an interesting quote from Jean Cocteau.
He once stated: “Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time. Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things which always become ugly with time.” Jean Cocteau 1856 – 1950.
It seems like many famous quotes play with words in the same manner Cocteau did it here with the words ‘beautiful’ and ‘ugly’. Often times, these expressions are over-exaggerated to make a point. In this case, it seems to me like Cocteau is not far from the truth. There are many artists such as Vincent van Gough whose art was never really appreciated during their lifetime, while future generations were deeply inspired and moved by the art. Consequently, Van Gough paintings yield millions in art auctions.
On the other hand, hair styles. looks and suits from the 1970’s and 1980’s that were popular at the time look awkward and out of place nowadays. Often times, it is hard to imagine that any person with a sense of style would have worn that jacket. Just take a look at the cut and composition of this Tommy Nutter coat from 1975. While I appreciate Nutter’s fashion spirit and his pursuit of new, innovative garments that certainly influenced others, it was not more than a creation born of the zeitgeist of the seventies.
What do you think about Cocteau’s quote? Can you think of similar examples or maybe an exception to the rule? Let us know in the comments!