Sunday, September 18, 2016

Tim Gunn Quotes

Tim Gunn is the role model we should ALL be promoting.

Just read his wisdom below.

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xox



“I have heard women complain about men holding doors for them,, as if it is inherently offensive and implies that they are weak. ... I would hold a door for anyone. ... It has to do with noticing our fellow human beings and saying, "I recognize that you're on this planet, and I don't want a door hitting you in the face.”
Tim Gunn, Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work    

“I believe that treating other people well is a lost art.”
Tim Gunn, Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work    


“Just the way it never rains when you have an umbrella, you'll never run into people if you look fantastic. But go outside in pajamas, and you'll run into every ex you have.”
Tim Gunn, Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work    


“You can be too rich and too thin, but you can never be too well read or too curious about the world.”
Tim Gunn, Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work


“As long as we have Netfix, Turner Classic Movies, Amazon, YouTube, and bookstores, there is no excuse ever to lack inspiration.”
Tim Gunn, Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work    


“Few activities are as delightful as learning new vocabulary.”
Tim Gunn, Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style    


“Call me a schoolmarm, but few things make me angrier than people not taking good care of library materials.”
Tim Gunn, Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work


“I don't know if people have gotten ruder or if my tolerance level has declined.”
Tim Gunn


“I will always be there in the wings saying, 'You need to be good to people. You need to take your work seriously. You need to have integrity. You need to work with what you've got.”
Tim Gunn, Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work    


“I'm not sure what the moral is here...I really just wanted to tell that story.”
Tim Gunn, Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work    


“I am a stickler for good manners, and I believe that treating other people well is a lost art. In the workplace, at the dinner table, and walking down the street--we are confronted with choices on how to treat people nearly every waking moment. Over time these choices define who we are and whether we have a lot of friends and allies or none.”
Tim Gunn, Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work    


“I would certainly rather the industry not go broke, but if that's what it takes for everyone to acquire some values and lose that sense of entitlement, maybe a little belt-tightening wouldn't be so tragic.”
Tim Gunn, Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work


“So perhaps the real secret to style is filling yourself to the absolute brim with engagement. Loving not wisely, but too well and all that.”
Tim Gunn, Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style    


“We no longer need fur for warmth and protection. There are plenty of textiles that provide that today. It's pure whim and vanity to choose to wear fur. It shows a level of ignorance or lack of concern that reflects poorly on the wearer.”
Tim Gunn, Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet    


“You know people like this, right? People who are incapable of enjoying anything.”
Tim Gunn, Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work


“This explosion of athletic wear and rompers is very ironic when you think about how much more sedentary we've become. As we've become less active and higher-tech, we're wearing more and more workout clothes.”
Tim Gunn, Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet    


“I can't imagine a more aesthetically offensive item of footwear than Crocs. That little strap! I shudder.

...I know Crocs are affordable. Well, so are Converse and lots of other brands that don't look like hooves.”
Tim Gunn, Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work    

 
“The work is at such a high level and is so well executed, it really is a matter of taste... [Source: Project Runway — but consider, applied to the theme of book reviews, it seems apropos!]”
Tim Gunn


“The message sent by this policy is that if women are to be accepted into the exclusive ranks of men, then they have to look like men: buttoned up, stuffy, and no-nonsense. As if to show a little cleavage, to highlight a curvaceous figure, or to in any way appear feminine would discount, discredit, and disqualify them.

I strongly disagree with this idea. I feel that women should wear clothes that suit their bodies rather than forcing themselves into unflattering men's suits and that it is feminist to to make a wide range of women's clothes acceptable business attire.”
Tim Gunn, Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet    


“Perhaps you like to torture yourself by trying on some jeans from a few years ago to see if you can button them. Clothes do not exist to humiliate their owners. Please do not force garments into performing psychological tasks for which they were not designed.”
Tim Gunn, Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style    


“Good manners lead to better relationships, more career success, and less personal stress. Manners are a relief, not a terrible obligation. It’s my belief that etiquette isn’t cold and formal; it’s warm and flexible. I am very con- cerned with manners, but I am not a robot. Manners are simply about asking yourself, What’s the right thing to do? I deeply believe that if we all have this simple question in our minds, we will do right by one another. From Gunn's Golden Rules
Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work
By Tim Gunn”
Tim Gunn


“When I took over as chair of the fashion program, I was horrified that only the faculty member was allowed to speak in a critique. I'm talking about perfectly nurturing teachers. But the rule was there would be no call of hands for students to contribute their feedback. It was embedded in the department's culture. That was alarming to me. When I was teaching, I was the least important person in the room as far as I was concerned--my students' points of view mattered most. I wanted to learn who they were and teach them to respect one another's perspectives.

I would start off by saying something like, "I am having trouble understanding how this work solves the problem at hand. Here are some things about the work that I appreciate: X, Y, Z. But I see these virtues independent of the problem we're solving.”
Tim Gunn


“One of the hardest things for a teacher is to know when to keep quiet and when to let go. It is a terrible thing to hold someone back from success, or to insist on sharing credit, or to tie someone to your apron strings. We need to have faith that we have done all we can, and then we need to kick our birds out of the nest.”
Tim Gunn, Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor: A Master Class on Mentoring, Motivating, and Making It Work!


“If someone doesn't ask, you don't have a moral obligation to say every thought that pops in your head.”
Tim Gunn, Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work    


“...Now we get to the Karma thing: You make yourself so vulnerable by not tipping well or treating people in the service industry with respect. Not only is it wrong to treat another human being like that, but there's a practical consideration: They're standing between you and eating. Without waiters, nothing comes to your table and nothing goes away. Aren't you worried that they'll put rat poison in your food, or at least spit in it? pages 86-87”
Tim Gunn, Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work


“Would I be more comfortable in a business meeting wearing my pajamas?

No! It would feel, honestly, very weird. I would think, Where's my IV? When do I take my next meds?”
Tim Gunn, Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work    


“Speaking of high-end shoe designers, in 2011 it was fascinating to see the design company of Christian Louboutin try to stop the company Yves Saint Laurent from producing high heels with red soles, claiming that Louboutin was the originator of the red sole. Louboutin lost, and I was glad. He was not the first person to paint a sole, and I am wary of patenting a color, like Tiffany blue. Why should we grant that entire history to Louboutin and say there are no predecessors and should be no successors?”
Tim Gunn, Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet    


“I also have no problem if you want to find a cave and have someone roll a boulder in front of it.”
Tim Gunn, Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work


“Until the twentieth century, the T-shirt's role was strictly to form a barrier between a man's body and the more valuable clothing he actually wanted the world to see.”
Tim Gunn, Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet    


Bless you Tim.


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