Champagne Supernovas by Maureen Callahan

Om Malik talks about the 90s in this review:

…Callahan argues that “just as movies were the driving cultural force in the 1970s and art was the force in the 1980s, in the 1990s it was fashion that become the prism through which the popular culture was refracted.”

As someone who believes that the emergence of the Internet was the pivotal socio-economic and cultural moment, I obviously don’t fully buy into her thesis, but I don’t reject it all together, either. Callahan’s thesis is that these three icons came to represent a “moment in popular culture, fashion and time” and upended all notions of what had come before. They were a 1990s reaction to the excesses of eighties. They were about rejecting the gauche and the greed of the decade before, where super models like Linda Evangelista could get away with making statements like “We don’t leave home for less than $10,000 a day.”

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