Quotation by David Mamet

The pursuit of Fashion is the attempt of the middle class to co-opt tragedy. In adopting the clothing, speech, and personal habits of those in straitened, dangerous, or pitiful circumstances, the middle class seeks to have what it feels to be the exigent and nonequivocal experiences had by those it emulates.
David Mamet (b. 1947), U.S. playwright. "Exuvial Magic: An Essay Concerning Fashion," Writing in Restaurants (1986).
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