To the dreamers out there

we always come to points where we doubt ourselves, no matter how much we love what we are doing,  this is a page of inspirational quotes and stories from some dreamers and heroes of mine. 


the inner life of diane arbus

"Freaks were a kind of movie star", she proposed,
She imagined them as legendary, mythical, super-powerful, and, probably most importantly, fearless. They were both anonymous and famous. They existed in a netherworld that you could not break into. 

"Everyone goes through existence with a kind of anxiety because there's some test coming. Freaks had already survived a supreme test and that gave them a kind of glamour." 

The Inner Life of Diane Arbus
An Emergency In Slow Motion
William Todf Schultz



"The core mystery, of course, is Arbus's immediate and abiding interest in subjects she called "freaks". 

These were people who passed some extreme test in life, who had stood up and answered a difficult question, solved a potentially soul-shattering riddle... they were, ok her estimation, "anonymously famous". ..We all posses this anxiety, Arbus once explained, about whether or not we can be strong enough, secure enough, when the time comes, to face off against an adversary, to conquer fear, to take on vexing moral questions. To her, freaks had proved their mettle. They has demonstrates heir resolve. They passed the test."

The Inner Life of Diane Arbus
An Emergency In Slow Motion
William Todf Schultz

Elise Cameron Smith from New South Wales   Frankie Magazine 

Elise Cameron Smith from New South Wales 

Frankie Magazine 

Elise CAmeron Smith

"When it comes to symbols of adventure, boats rate pretty highly. They carry the promise of freedom, of sailing away to unknown lands and a new life where anything might be possible...

I love pouring all my heart and soul and attitude into these beautiful little boats that don’t really look anything like boats at all. But people get it, which is so nice, “ she says “ A lot of real hardcore sailors would look at my boats and be like, “they don’t work.” But I just say they float on dreams and magic”. 

page 152 frankie magazine issue sixty eight
Elise Cameron Smith
from New South Wales

"music is just the best therapy for me.
it’s just over the years, that was absolutely
a kind of crutch for me all the time,
i never write before I got sick,
suddenly when you are unwell,
everything else goes away, and then music arrived,
and that’s when I started writing
so that was really all I had,
it continued to be like that, I’m looking toward to recording,
i’m treating this as a sick sweet therapy session,
if you don’t feel that way about songs,
there is nothing going into them like that,
then you shouldn’t bother i think."
photo taken 10th February 2015, Hong Kong.


"never work for other people than what you do,
always remember that the reason you initially started working was because there was something inside yourself that you felt that if you can manifest it in some way you would understand more about yourself and how you coexist with the rest of the society.

i think it is terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfill other people's expectations, i think they generally produce their worst work when they do that, and if you feel safe in the area you're working in, you're not working in the right area, always go a little further into the water, go a little bit out of your depth, and if you don't feel that your feet are touching the bottom, then you're just about in the right place to do something exciting. "

"The shows are what spur me on, make me excited about what I'm doing. When you start getting into the mindset where this is a business and you've got to bring in money, when you're designing with a buyer in mind the collection doesn't work. The danger is that you lose the creativity that drives you. It's what people expect from me as well. They don't expect me to change. They dont' want me to change. They know that I wasn't prepared to change for Givenchy and I was wasn't prepared to change for Gucci. I want people to see that this is what fashion is about. This is what we're here for and why we're unique. And we are unique. There isn't anyone else doing anything like I do. I hopoe that maybe inspires people, makes them realise that it doesn't all have to be twinsets and pearls. I design thigns that are completely independent from what everyone else designs and that's a great freedom.

It's always my strategy to give people something that they recognize, an attitude they can recognise. Some designers are so airy-fairy people can't connect with them. I hope people can relate to me, to a normal person who just happens to be a fashion designer, that people can take me as they find me. IT's not the designer's job to care about what people think. Whatever else I've done, I've never tried to be something I'm not" 

He used his middle name Alexander, rather than his first name and the one friends and family knew him by, Lee, when he designed because he was claiming social security to make ends meet. Early portraits obscured his face for the same reason because: "I didn't want to walk into the dole office one day and be recognized because I'd been in the Sunday Times." What he lacked materially, Mcqueen more than made up for in imagination and ambition: even before college, he'd worked in Savile Row for four years, at theatrical costumiers Berman's & Nathans and then for Koji Tatsuno in London and Romeo Gigli in Milan. 

interview found in Another Magazine
words by Susannah Frankel