Hardy Amies on balance in clothing

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August 10, 2015 by Ville Raivio

“Balance is the ultimate test of a finished coat. It is really the hang, the look, and the feel of the thing all combined in the one quality that make it a success or failure — good balance. It should sit easily on the shoulders, hang evenly at front and back, look as though it belongs to you without fitting too closely. The list of faults that may throw a jacket, however well made, out of balance, is so long and varied that there is no point in trying to be techical about something so intangible. To this, as to anything else that is designed and made, the one golden rule applies: if it looks right, it is right. You can judge for yourself in the glass.”

— Hardy Amies


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