"Much has been written about Fashion, in all its aspects, but I do not think any couturier has ever before attempted to compile a dictionary on the subject. Of course, it would take volumes to cover the entire field of Fashion, but I have compiled a book which I think is neither too long, so that it becomes tedious, nor too short so that it seems insufficient, and I hace called it my "Little Dictionary of Fashion". I think it should be of great practical use to the women of today. (...) But it is possible for a women to be elegant without spending very much money on her clothes, if she follows the basic rules of Fashion and is careful to choose the clothes that suit her personality. Simplicity, good taste and grooming are the three fundamentales of good dressing and these do not cost money. (...) And above all _ care for your clothes. You cannot be well groomed if your clothes are not well cared for."
Introduction of The Little Dictionary of Fashion by Christian Dior
Victoria & Albert Museum Publishing, 2008
First published by Cassell & Co. Ltd, 1954