Aaron say this words to Robert about woman's dresses:

I had this girl, Tina. She said the dress made the woman. I say the woman makes the dress.

Sentence is taken from movie Entrapment (1999), My Doubt: How can a Dress(non-living) made the Woman(living creature)?

I heard English sentences earlier like this: Dress made woman beautiful, but above sentence doesn't make any sense to me.


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It's one of those "Does the woman make the dress or does the dress make the woman?" questions.

The simple explanation is that "perfect dressing will always identify your personality". This is an idiom much like "clothes make the man"

  • I recall there was also "the suit makes the man". May 30, 2017 at 14:53
  • @JorgeUrreta ah, yeh, that one is true too. May 30, 2017 at 14:54

Simply put, the term 'make' means to make beautiful or attractive. Underlying meaning of the movie quote is, that while his girl Tina believed women are made beautiful by beautiful clothing, he, Robert, believes that a woman inherently makes the clothing beautiful. The subtext is defining Robert's tendency to exalt the beauty of women and to find women inherently beautiful. Robert pays all women a compliment by making the statement.

  • According to OP, Aaron said these words (to Robert). Robert just listened. May 30, 2017 at 16:22
  • I think you're reading too much into this, Amanda_M, when you say that a compliment is being paid to all women. We could use different terms: The coach makes the team. The team makes the coach. There is no inherent compliment there to "all teams" or to all coaches. Rather, it is simply flipping the assertion: The success of the team depends on the coach. The success of the coach depends on the team. Whether a dress will look good depends on the woman wearing it. Whether a woman will look good depends on the dress she is wearing.
    – TimR
    May 30, 2017 at 20:54
  • My answer: watch the movie
    – Amanda_M
    May 31, 2017 at 18:05

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