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2003: McQueen accepts his CBE at Buckingham Palace Photograph: Nils Jorgensen/Rex Features

Words move, music moves Only in time; but that which is only living Can only die. Words, after speech, reach Into the silence … Words, strain, Crack, and sometimes break, under the burden, Under the tension, slip, slide, perish, Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place, Will not stay still. —T. S. Eliot, from “Burnt Norton,” section V, lines 137-153, in Four Quartets (Harvest/HBJ, 1943, 1971).

“Every man’s memory is his private literature.” — Aldous Huxley

“Just imagine living in a world without mirrors. Youd dream about your face and imagine it as an outer reflection of what is inside you. And then, when you reached forty, someone puts a mirror before you for the first time in your life. Imagine your fright! Youd see the face of a stranger. And youd know quite clearly what you are unable to grasp: your face is not you.” Milan Kundera, from Immortality (Grove Weidenfeld, 1991)

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” —Joyce Carol Oates

“Stars I think about, if I could fly, I could reach in a few old-fashioned days.  But physicists’ stars I use as buttons, buttoning up curtains of emptiness.  If I stretch my arms next to the rest of myself and wonder where my fingers are—that is all the space I need.” —Willem de Kooning

“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” —Oscar Wilde

"This is what I believe: That I am I. That my soul is a dark forest. That my known self will never be more than a little clearing in the forest[...]" D. H. Lawrence

“I will always be on the side of those who have nothing and who are not even allowed to enjoy the nothing they have in peace.” —Federico García Lorca

“There are three good things in this world.  One is to read poetry, another is to write poetry, and the best of all is to live poetry.” —Rupert Brooke

Albert Camus... "If there is a soul, it is a mistake to believe that it is given to us fully created. It is created here, throughout a whole life. And living is nothing else but that long and painful bringing forth."

Princess Hermine Reuss of Luxembourg with her daughters Caroline and Emma, ca. 1900.

Jean Cocteau et Edith Piaf. le Bel indifférent en 1940

// Malcolm McClaren and Vivenne Westwood, 1981

Architect Hans Heinz Lüttgen’s Wife, Dora, 1926, by August Sander

Josef Albers by Yousuf Karsh (Canadian (born Armenia), Mardin 1908–2002 Boston, Massachusetts) 1966 Gelatin silver print 34.2 x 27.2 cm. (13 7/16 x 10 11/16 in.)

Tanel Bedrossiantz in a dress from the Barbès collection, fall/winter 1984-1985, Jean Paul Gaultier. Photo © Paolo Roversi, private collection.

Pierre et Gilles, Jean Paul Gaultier, 1990. Designed specially to illustrate the cover of the autobiographical photo novel ''À Nous Deux la mode''. Painted photograph, framed by the artists 112 x 92 cm (framed). Private collection, Paris. Photo © Pierre et Gilles/Rainer Torrado. /