Sunday, 29 May 2011

about elegance

When trying to define elegance, I came once again across Coco Chanel who probably is the godmother of what one considers a contemporary elegant style. With her invention of the “little black dress” she had a revolutionary influence on fashion.
the little black one
with a hint of wild life

According to her,
“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.
Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.“

Regarding the little black dress, it is the simplicity of its silhouette, which makes it strong enough to stand out without dominating the person.  
The essential tool of elegance seems to include simplicity, versatility and consistency. 
Elegance is also about attitude, because a simple dress doesn’t give any space to hide behind. It requires self-confidence and grace.


Coco Chanel said:
“Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.”



Actually this topic is also part of architectural discussion when building for example a museum. The aim is to create a building which is strong enough to stand out on its own, but minimalist enough to present art and versatile enough to give unrestricted freedom to change.

Kirchner Museum in Davos by Gigon & Guyer



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