Friday, January 8, 2010


Fashion is different from custom or rather is a particular species of it.That is not the fashion which everybody wears, but which those wear who are of high rank or character.The graceful the easy and the commanding manners of the great joined to the usual richness and magnificence of their dress, give grace to the very form which they happened to bestow upon it.As long as they continue to use this form, it is connected in our imagination with the idea of something that is genteel and magnificent and though in itself it should be indifferent, it seems on account of this relation, to have something about it that is genteel and magnificent too.As soon as they drop it, it loses all the grace, which it had appeared to posses before, and being now used only by the inferior ranks of people, seems to have something of their meanness and awkwardness.

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