the glass of fashion and the mold of form

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the glass of fashion and the mold of form

A much-admired person. In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ophelia refers to Hamlet as such. Look at that socialite—she is just the glass of fashion and the mold of form.
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Handsome and refined, the gallant Franklin's O/e Miss yearbook vita was notably captioned with the line "The Glass of Fashion and the Mold of Form"; and while Professor Blotner makes no mention of the source of the quotation (possibly thinking it too well-known to require citing), the phrase is taken from the despairing Ophelia's tribute to her "lost" Hamlet: The courtier's, soldier's, scholar's, eye, tongue, sword, Th' expectation and rose of the fair state, The glass of fashion and the mould of form (Hamlet 3.1.151-153)