"Prince Charles Is My Hero - and Robert Fisk and Lily Cole"

By McKinley, Joss | New Statesman (1996), February 6, 2012 | Go to article overview

"Prince Charles Is My Hero - and Robert Fisk and Lily Cole"


McKinley, Joss, New Statesman (1996)


Why does fashion matter?

I don't know if it matters. I always used to wriggle out of the question "Is fashion art?" - Jake Chapman accused me of being bourgeois because I assumed an artist ought to have skill. For most people it is not about fashion, it's about everyone looking the same, it's about consumption. I tend not to like an awful lot of what is going out under my name now because it is just all product. Who needs it? I like my Gold Label, the one that I do. The rest of my stuff comes from very talented people - and I ought not to have said what I have just said - who go to the archive and just rework it.

What about the dark side of the fashion industry - the anorexic models, for example?

It's not true that these models are all anorexic. They are just young girls who happen to be thin. When they get older they put on a bit of weight or muscle, but maybe the [critics] are right: we shouldn't have these young ones.

You said religion is the scourge of the world -

I didn't say that and I don't think it is. No, at one point I was very, very anti-religious and I guess I still am, but there is a lot more to it. Being part of a community with a church at its centre and singin' hymns is a great thing to do.

So what is the greatest evil?

I have been asked what would 1 ban immediately if I could. Advertising.

Do you advertise?

Yes. Only because everyone else has to and I do enjoy working with this photographer, Juergen Teller. He really does give your clothes a story.

Do you have any fashion heroes?

My husband, Andreas. Oh God, it is difficult working with him, he is such a perfectionist. I learn more from him than he does from me.

Who are your other heroes?

James Lovelock: he is as great a genius as Einstein or Darwin. His theory is a more complete theory of evolution than Darwin's. It is only another ten years at the outside to actually stop climate change. Prince Charles is definitely my hero; he uses his position to do only good in this world. And Robert Fisk. And Lily Cole.

Why did you call yourself an anti-feminist?

I don't think I did, but I am against feminists. If you see everything from the point of view of women being victims in some way, you don't see the wood for the trees. It is better to be a person than a woman.

Are you disappointed by Barack Obama?

Yes. He did do his health-care thing, but since the first month of his presidency the word "climate" never passed his lips, and I think this is criminal. We are in incredible danger and it is a secret and everyone conspires in it. …

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