The English have often been more inventive than the French; they provide excellent ideas for the very young, but they seldom pursuit success into middle-aged clothes. One reason is undoubtedly that dressing up takes time and making good clothes takes even more time, and it is only those who are willing to devote themselves to clothes with total dedication who can aspire to be stunning. That is easier to do in Paris than anywhere else in the world, because more skilled craftsmen dedicated to the study of luxury have congregated there over the past century than in any other city. It is the same sort of reason that makes Paris an intellectual capital: there is more people there stimulating each other to even higher flights of fancy, as deeper explorations of profundity.
– Theodore Zeldin, The French