Joan of arc had style.
Been working on a personal project about womenhood for ten years now (on and off!)â€¦.LVMH and The Design Museum have got behind making the project a reality. Just back from Italy where we are printing the book â€˜Joan of Arc had styleâ€™. I got the name for the book from a poem by Charles Bukowski called Style. Here it is below in full.
â€œStyle is the answer to everything.
A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing
To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it
To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art
Bullfighting can be an art
Boxing can be an art
Loving can be an art
Opening a can of sardines can be an art
Not many have style
Not many can keep style
I have seen dogs with more style than men,
although not many dogs have style.
Cats have it with abundance.
When Hemingway put his brains to the wall with a shotgun,
that was style.
Or sometimes people give you style
Joan of Arc had style
John the Baptist
I have met men in jail with style.
I have met more men in jail with style than men out of jail.
Style is the difference, a way of doing, a way of being done.
Six herons standing quietly in a pool of water,
or you, naked, walking out of the bathroom without seeing me.â€