"I was born in Texas, left school at 17, went to acting school, dropped out and went to Parsons to study architecture. Graduated, went to Paris to intern at Chloe and decided on fashion design. Architecture was very serious and I didn't admit that it was what I had just graduated in — I just took a load of sketches about and said I was a Parsons grad — nobody asked me what I'd actually graduated in."
— Vogue UK, June 2009
At the release of his film, A Single Man, at the Venice Film Festival, September 2009