"Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life."The use of armour as a metaphor elevates fashion from the realms of superficiality that many associate with it. But what is Cunningham really saying? because no amount of beautiful clothes can protect us from life's difficulties the way that a bullet proof vest can stop a bullet to the chest.
Before you read too much into it and pass him off as a naive and romantic idiot, think about it. Cunningham is not saying beautiful clothes create an impenetrable bubble around those who wear them and that they pass through life unscathed, that really would be ridiculous. I think what he means is that when we dress ourselves in these clothes we are reinforcing the natural outward defence system that we have. When we feel and look good in our clothes we have more confidence, feel more motivated and have a more positive attitude to life, so it becomes a little easier to deal with life's problems.
There will be many who think it is farcical to talk about clothes like that, but I bet that if you think about it right now you will be able to pinpoint a moment when the outfit you were wearing positively impacted your outlook on the situation. Fashion exists to make us feel good so next time you're faced with a situation you rather wish you weren't, delve into your wardrobe and indulge in a well put-together outfit. You might just be surprised.