Quotation by James Laver

The same costume will be Indecent 10 years before its time, Shameless 5 years before its time, Outré (daring) 1 year before its time, Smart, Dowdy 1 year after its time, Hideous 10 years after its time, Ridiculous 20 years after its time, Amusing 30 years after its time, Quaint 50 years after its time, Charming 70 years after its time, Romantic 100 years after its time, Beautiful 150 years after its time.
James Laver (1899–1975), British art critic, author. Taste and Fashion, ch. 18 (1937).

"The erogenous zone," Laver wrote, "is always shifting, and it is the business of fashion to pursue it, without ever catching it up."
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