In Bad Taste

Do we always have to be tasteful? Do we really need to be well turned out, in impeccable clothes?

This quote by Diana Vreeland got me thinking:

“A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste—it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.”

Remember Björk’s swan dress?

Björk in her unforgettable swan gown at the 2001 Academy Awards. #VFOscars

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A HUGE dose of paprika, perhaps. But look where the dress landed, at MoMA, one of the most influential museums of modern art in the world. Does that elevate it to the status of good taste? Perhaps not.


But one should remember this, every Björk swan has it’s day.

Also, paprika. And stuff.

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