Monday, October 15, 2012
A Conversation With Oscar Wilde About My Clothes
Oscar Wilde: "One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art." What are you wearing?
Me: Organic bamboo fiber yoga pants.
O.W. How laughable you moderns are with your constant need for comfortable stretchy waistbands! It's like you are infants. Listen, dear, "a well-tied tie is the first serious step in life."
Me: I'm kind of going through a thing right now that makes that hard.
O.W. "A mask tells us more than a face."
Me: Well, I don't believe in it.
O.W. That, my dear, is deadly. One ought to have something sensational. "With an evening coat and a white tie, anybody, can gain reputation for being civilized."
Me: You think so?
O.W.: Yes. "A really well made button hole is the only link between Art and Nature."
Me: You think I should embrace artifice?
O.W.: Indeed it is the only thing that keeps us real. "If a man treats life artistically, his brain is in his heart."
Posted by Elizabeth Bastos at 8:31 AM