„Why brilliant fashion-designers, a notoriously non-analytic breed, sometimes succeed in anticipating the shape of things to come better than professional predictors, is one of the most obscure questions in history; and, for the historian of culture, one of the most central.“

—  Eric Hobsbawm, Chapter Six, The Arts 1914-1945
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